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First Lady Dolley Madison born in Guilford County, North Carolina

May 20, 2023

Dolley Madison, Gilbert Stuart, 1804On May 20, 1768, First Lady Dolley Madison was born in Guilford County, North Carolina. The wife of founding father James Madison, Dolley balanced his taciturn nature with her sociability, friendliness, and fun-loving tendencies. Their marriage is remembered as a particularly happy one despite their difference in natures and wide age gap of 17 years.

Did you know? Dolley was the first First Lady to formally associate herself with a public charity cause. During her time in the White House, she sponsored a home for orphaned girls in Washington, D.C.

Aaron Burr was a mutual friend of the Madisons before their marriage and was asked by James to make the introduction between the two.

Dolley Madison, Gilbert Stuart, 1804


May 20, 2023
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