The lasting importance of Dolley Madison’s drawing rooms

“Meacham called Dolley Madison the most important woman in political life for 25 years, the architect of our political culture. ‘Without her drawing rooms,’ he said. ‘lawmakers would not have talked to lawmakers.’ ”

— From a talk by Jon Meacham at Brevard College, reported by John Lanier in the Transylvania Times

Meacham, biographer of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson, said the Guilford County native will be his next subject.