Colonial Dinner Plate Hat - Dolley Madison


Dolley Payne Todd Madison, one of the best known and loved First Ladies, was the wife of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817). Her iconic style and social presence boosted her husband’s popularity as President. 

For half a century she was the most important woman in the social circles of America. To this day she remains one of the best known and best loved ladies of the White House--though often referred to, mistakenly, as Dorothy or Dorothea.

She always called herself Dolley, and by that name the New Garden Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, in Piedmont, North Carolina, recorded her birth to John and Mary Coles Payne, settlers from Virginia. In 1769 John Payne took his family back to his home colony, and in 1783 he moved them to Philadelphia, city of the Quakers. Dolley grew up in the strict discipline of the Society, but nothing muted her happy personality and her warm heart.

John Todd, Jr., a lawyer, exchanged marriage vows with Dolley in 1790. Just three years later he died in a yellow-fever epidemic, leaving his wife with a small son.

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Colonial Dinner Plate Hat "Dolley Madison" is designed over and 18 inch hat base with a 1.5 inch crown. It adorned with dupioni silk, chantilly lace, pink hand made satin roses elegant ostrich feathers and satin ties. Perfect for your Colonial or Revolutionary reenactment! Also perfect for a tea party.

Allow 2 weeks for completion!