Dolly Madison once a Philadelphian.
--A correspondent writes to us to know upon what authority we spoke in a local item, yesterday, of Philadelphia
as the city of Dolly Madison among other illustrious women.
We will inform our querist that in 1791, Mr. John Todd
, attorney at law
, lived in Chestnut street below Third, in an old mansion which was then numbered 85. Mr. Todd
died, and his widow being left without sufficient support opened a boarding-house.
Among her boarders was a member of Congress from Virginia
named James Madison
became smitten with the charms of the widow Todd
, and the latter, after a reasonable term of widowhood, consented to change her name to Madison
and to unite her fortunes with those of the Virginia Congressman
In the course of political events it happened that Mr. Madison
became the President
of the United States
, and the Philadelphia
boarding-house keeper became the mistress of the White House
. Mrs. Madison
long survived her second husband, and for many years no resident of Washington city
was better known or more universally respected than Dolly Madison, once of Philadelphia