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Lyndon B. Johnson was the first and only president to take the oath of office on a plane. Jimmy Carter was the first to walk over a mile on the route to the White House. And it was James and Dolley Madison who started the tradition of the inaugural ball.

Lyndon B. Johnson was the first and only president to take the oath of office on a plane. Jimmy Carter was the first to walk over a mile on the route to the White House. And it was James and Dolley Madison who started the tradition of the inaugural ball.

Lyndon B. Johnson was the first and only president to take the oath of office on a plane. Jimmy Carter was the first to walk over a mile on the route to the White House. And it was James and Dolley Madison who started the tradition of the inaugural ball.

/3 President James Madison, who earlier in the day had gone to the front in Bladensburg, Maryland, had returned to the White House to find it deserted. He fled as well, never to live in the mansion again. He had no idea where his wife - Dolley Madison was

Dolley would go on to marry the established Virginia lawmaker James Madison, and the pair quickly became the nation’s first “power couple.” And she had quite an influence on how events were hosted at the White House.

/3 1809: James Madison was inaugurated. He was president when the British attacked the White House and burned it down in 1814. He and Dolley (who helped introduce ice cream to Americans) had to move to nearby Octagon House (today 18th and NY Ave NW) (Photo/WWR)

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We honored the presidency of James Madison in the 1985 ornament. The piece features silhouettes of the President and First Lady Dolley Madison, famous for helping to save the portrait of George Washington when the British burned the White House in 1814.

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President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton are dressed up as President and First Lady James and Dolley Madison for a Halloween party in the East Room of the White House. William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum / NARA

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After the White House was destroyed in 1814, James and Dolley Madison lived in nearby Octagon House (18th & NY Ave. NW) until his second term ended in March 1817. James and Elizabeth Monroe spent another six months there. Beautiful architecture (Photo/WWR)

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The destruction of the White House was a massive humiliation for Madison; he and Dolley lived in a nearby mansion (Octagon House) until Madison left office in 1817. James Monroe, who became president in March of that year, would move into the rebuilt White House in Sept. 1817 /5

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? Bill and Hillary dress as James and Dolley Madison in this 1993 photo. See more White House Halloween photos:

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James Madison, who earlier in the day had gone to the front in Bladensburg, MD, returned to the White House to find it empty. He fled. Dolley Madison—among the greatest of First Ladies—had left earlier, after helping to save Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of George Washington

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? Bill and Hillary dress as James and Dolley Madison in this 1993 photo. See more White House Halloween photos:

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After the White House burned down, James and Dolley Madison spent the remainder of their presidency at Octagon House (today 18th & NY NW)

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