Yellow fever struck this home hard
Built in 1775, this house was home to Quakers John and Dolley Payne Todd and their two sons, John and William, from 1791-1793. Todd, a lawyer by profession, fell fatal victim to the Yellow Fever and so did their infant son William. The grieving widow and mother also lost her mother and father-in-laws to the fever. U.S. Senator Aaron Burr is said to have introduced Dolley to his Princeton college classmate, Virginia Congressman James Madison. She soon remarried and was destined to become the First Lady of the United States upon her husband’s inauguration as President. Today the Todd House is a museum operated by the National Park Service.
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