A new episode of the Madison presidency series is now available!
July 10, 2022

4.082 - Dolley Madison Part Two

4.082 - Dolley Madison Part Two

Year(s) Discussed: 1768-1849

We continue our examination of the life and legacy of Dolley Madison with a discussion with Hilarie Hicks, Senior Research Historian at James Madison's Montpelier. In this episode, we talk about Dolley's role in the social circles of the nation's capital during James's presidency, her management of the household, her views on slavery, and whether she was responsible for saving the portrait of George Washington during the British invasion of Washington, DC. More information can be found on the website at https://www.presidenciespodcast.com.


Special thanks to Hilarie Hicks, Senior Research Historian at James Madison's Montpelier, for her time and insight provided for this episode! Be sure to check out her work on the Naming Project as well as all of the research work being done at Montpelier.

Special thanks to Christian of Your Podcast Pal for his audio editing work for this episode!

Featured Images:

  • "Dolley Madison" by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1804], courtesy of Wikipedia
  • "Dolley Madison at the end of her tenure as First Lady" [c. 1817], courtesy of Wikipedia
  • "The President's House" by George Munger [c. 1814-1815], courtesy of Wikipedia
  • "Hilarie Hicks," courtesy of Hilarie Hicks

Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band