Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dolley Madison profiled on C-SPAN tonight

C-SPAN is airing a documentary on first lady Dolley Madison at 9 p.m. EDT Monday night, including footage from her home in Old City Philadelphia.

Dolley Madison profiled on C-SPAN tonight


History nerds (I plead guilty) take notice: C-SPAN is going deep on Dolley Madison tonight in the latest installment of its two-year series of films profiling the nation’s first ladies.

 The documentary features plenty of footage from the Dolley Todd (Madison) house, at 4th and Walnut streets in Philadelphia’s Old City – where she lived during her first marriage. In 1793, yellow fever killed her husband, lawyer John Todd, and one of their sons. She was a widow at age 25.

 A year later, Aaron Burr introduced Dolley Todd to James Madison, a delegate to the Continental Congress who was 17 years older. They were married Sept. 15, 1794.

 Mark Farkas, a C-SPAN feature producer, headed the project, done in cooperation with the White House Historical Association. It is the first series of its kind.


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