First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Dolley Madison

First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Dolley Madison

by Charles River Editors

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First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Dolley Madison by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures of Dolley and important people, places, and events in her life.
*Discusses the legend that Dolley saved a priceless painting of George Washington from the White House as the British were invading during the War of 1812.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents

“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.” – Dolley Madison

American presidents have shaped the course of global affairs for generations, but as the saying goes, behind every great man there’s a great woman. While the First Ladies often remain overshadowed by their husbands, some have carved unique niches in their time and left their own lasting legacy. Dolley Madison helped establish the role of the First Lady in the early 1800s, Eleanor Roosevelt gave voice to policy issues in a way that made her a forerunner of First Ladies like Hillary Clinton, and Jackie Kennedy created glamorous trends that made her more popular than her husband. In Charles River Editors’ First Ladies series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives and legacies of America’s most famous First Ladies in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

After the Constitution was ratified, George Washington went about setting all the precedents for the role of the presidency, establishing traditions like the Cabinet. But the role of being the First Lady of the United States was defined by the wife of the 4th president. James Madison may have been the Father of the Constitution, but his wife Dolley all but defined the responsibilities and customs of being the president’s wife. Dolley had served as an informal First Lady for the widowed Thomas Jefferson, but when her husband entered the White House in 1809, Dolley went about furnishing the White House to such an extent that much of the style and items she chose were still in place when Mary Todd Lincoln became the First Lady in 1861. Dolley also became a folk hero of sorts and the center of a colorful legend that had her saving Gilbert Stuart’s priceless painting of George Washington just ahead of the British while her husband was denigrated for fleeing as Washington D.C. was burned.

In addition to being instrumental in decorating the White House, Dolley Madison also set the standard for the First Lady’s traditional hosting and ceremonial duties. 150 years later, Jackie Kennedy was largely credited for helping boost her husband’s popularity during their time in the White House, but the same could easily be said about Dolley, who was renowned for her social graces and her hospitality. Having helped boost her husband’s popularity during his presidency, Dolley went about maintaining his legacy after 1836, collecting and organizing the papers and notes of the Constitution’s most influential drafter, and eventually selling them to the government in full.

First Ladies: The Life and Legacy of Dolley Madison looks at the life and legends of one of America’s most influential First Ladies. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in her life, you will learn about Dolley Madison like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015796544
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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