Dolley Payne Todd, a widow with a young son, married James Madison, the man most responsible for the adoption of the Constitution.

President Thomas Jefferson, a widower, often asked her to serve as his First Lady at social functions.

When Madison became president, Dolley was already a leader of Washington society.

With legendary wit and charm she combined entertaining and politics, making her the dominant force in the social life of the early republic.

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