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Dolley Madison

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A woman of extraordinary strength and wisdom, Dolley Madison was the indispensable friend, companion, adviser and wife of President James Madison. Known for her grace and kindness as a hostess, the first lady was also politically astute, according to biographer Allida Black, who wrote: “Her political acumen, prized by her husband, is less renowned.” At a perilous time in American history, Dolley Madison set the standard for facilitating positive and civil change. Today she inspires Women for Madison, a diverse network of alumni, parents, students, faculty and friends, as they work to enhance the collective involvement and financial impact of women giving to the university.

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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