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The Todd House

Todd House
Todd House

Corner of Spruce and 4th Sts.

John Todd lived here with his wife Dolly. He had built a successful law practice in Philadelphia. Then in 1793 when the Yellow Fever epidemic struck, most men of wealth had the good mind to flee the city for safer parts. Todd decided to stay however to cash in on the business of settling wills. The epidemic ended up killing about one tenth of the city's population, including Todd. His wife, however, survived, and married a man she met previously in her home, named James Madison. She became Dolly Madison and when James later became President, Dolly moved into a larger house as the nation's fourth first lady.

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