Dolley Madison was born on May 20, 1768, in Guilford County, North Carolina. She married James Madison in September 1794. When James was Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of State, Dolley filled in as White House Hostess when needed. Dolley was famous for her social graces. When forced to flee the White House by the British army during the War of 1812, she saved important state papers and a famous painting of George Washington. Dolley Madison died in Washington, D.C. on July 12, 1849.