Born in Guilford County, North Carolina, Dolley Madison became one of the most loved of the early First Ladies of the United States. Despite her Quaker upbringing, she was known for being an outgoing hostess in prominent social circles.
One moment greatly defined her time as First Lady. During the War of 1812, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the city. While her husband and his cabinet fled the White House, Dolley stayed behind to ensure the safe removal of essential documents and beloved artwork. Even as the city burned, Dolley continued her duties with grace.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The 100 Companies