Dorothy Payne Madison Biography
Dorothy Payne, wife of President Madison, was born
May 20, 1772, in North Carolina. During the war of 1812, when the capitol, white
house and other public buildings were burned by the British, Mrs. Madison
assisted in saving valuable national documents; and under her own supervision
the magnificent portrait of General Washington was
taken down and carried to a place of safety. She died July 12, 1849, in
Washington, D. C.
Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1901) 610.