Dolley Madison


Photo of Dolley Madison portrait by Gilbert StuartA 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.

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Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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