August 26, 2003

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Courtesy "Presidential Wives," Paul F. Boller, Jr.

Dolley Madison

William Wilson Corcoran was Mrs. Madison's creditor after her husband died, and came to know her well enough to talk freely with her.

"Mrs. Madison, may I ask, how old are you?" he once inquired.

"I am seventy-two, Mr. Corcoran," was the response.

The next year he asked again. "I am seventy-two, Mr. Corcoran," she replied.

The next year he asked yet again. She told him, "I am seventy-two, Mr. Corcoran."

He stopped asking.

Posted by Jennifer at August 26, 2003 06:00 AM