12 Dolley Madison Quotes from Former First Lady of the US

Dolley Madison, the fourth First Lady of the United States, was a charismatic figure known for her energy, kindness and social grace.

Born as Dolley Payne in 1768 she had a very strong influence on the role of First Lady and set a precedent for future occupants of the position.

Even after the lack of formal education, she became a renowned hostess and an important part of the social and political fabric of the United States.


Her first marriage to lawyer John Todd Jr. was marred by tragedy when her husband and infant son died in a yellow fever epidemic.

She later married Congressman James Madison and became an integral part of the political landscape in Washington, DC.

As First Lady, she sponsored the inaugural ball, associated herself with a public charity project and hosted events that uplifted the nation’s image abroad.

Madison’s heroic actions during the War of 1812, when she ensured the safe evacuation of important documents and artwork from the White House as British troops invaded, are legendary.

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After her husband’s death, she became an esteemed figure in DC society, with an honorary seat in Congress and the privilege of being the first private citizen to send a message via telegraph.

Her legacy as an influential First Lady continues to resonate to this day.

Below you will find the best Dolley Madison Quotes.

Top 5 Dolley Madison Quotes


Disaffection stalks around us. ~ Dolley Madison.


I assume that you would not desire your wife the role of partisan. ~ Dolley Madison.


When I shall again write to you, or where I shall be tomorrow, I cannot tell. ~ Dolley Madison.


I have always been an advocate of fighting when assailed. ~ Dolley Madison.


It is done… the precious portrait placed in the hands of the gentlemen for safe keeping. ~ Dolley Madison.

Best Dolley Madison Quotes

At this late hour a wagon has been procured, and I have had it filled with plate and the most valuable portable articles, belonging to the house. ~ Dolley Madison.

I am accordingly ready; I have pressed as many Cabinet papers into trunks as to fill one carriage; our private property must be sacrificed, as it is impossible to procure wagons for its transportation. ~ Dolley Madison.


Two messengers covered with dust come to bid me fly, but I wait for him. ~ Dolley Madison.


Our private property must be sacrificed. ~ Dolley Madison.

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. ~ Dolley Madison.

It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business. ~ Dolley Madison.

So these were the 12 top quotes about Dolley Madison.

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