“And now, dear sister, I must leave this house or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take. When I shall again write you, or where I shall be tomorrow, I cannot tell!” " Mrs. Madison wrote her sister Lucy, as retreating American troops passed by a few hours before the British burned the White House in 1814.
Born - May 20, 1768 in New Garden Quaker Settlement, North Carolina
Parents - John Payne & Mary Coles Payne
Married - September 15, 1794 to James Madison (first married to John Todd, Jr. in 1790, widowed 1793)
- (both from first marriage)
John Payne Todd (1792 – 1852),
William Temple Todd (1793)
Firsts - 1st First Lady to be featured on a silver dollar. During her eulogy, President Zachary Taylor was the first to refer to her as “First Lady.”
Post White House residence - Montpelier, Orange, Virginia; Washington, D.C.
Died - July 12, 1849 in Washington, D.C.
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