An Unlikely Love Story that Saved America
James fought for religious liberty. Dolley fought for political civility.
Both fought for each other
She became Dolley Madison, the nation’s “first First Lady.”
Delve into the personal stories of the couple who led their beloved country safely through its first generation, surviving and thriving despite serious conflicts at home and abroad. They weathered the bitter attacks of their enemies and remained dedicated through it all to each other, to the Constitution that James fathered, and to the United States.
Facing adversity with unparalleled dignity and civility, they stand as an example worthy of emulation in our times.
Their love story is a heart-warming, inspiring, and hopeful tribute to the power of equal partnership in marriage, and a beautiful reminder of what America, at its best, can be.
Physically unimpressive, intellectually brilliant James Madison had been unlucky in love—heartbroken and betrayed not once, but twice.
Middle-aged and resigned to a life alone, he never dreamed that fate had something astonishing in store for him and for the country he loved: a young widow of exceptional intelligence and poise. She was his equal in many ways, her warmth and extroversion perfectly complemented his quiet, contemplative nature.