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James Madison
by John T. Marck



 
 
 

JAMES MADISON

4th President

Term- March 4, 1809 to March 4, 1817

Democratic-Republican Party

 

Birth: Port Conway, Virginia, March 16, 1751

Ancestry: English

Marriage: "Harewood" Jefferson County, Virginia, September 15, 1794 to Dorothea (Dolly) Payne Todd who was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, May 20, 1768. Dolly died in Washington D.C., July 12, 1849, and is buried at "Montpelier", Virginia.

Children: None

Home: "Montpelier", Virginia.

Education: Received early education at Donald Robertson's school in Virginia and from private tutors; Awarded B.A. from the College of New Jersey (Princeton 1771); one year postgraduate study at Princeton.

Religion: Episcopalian

Occupation before Presidency: Member of Orange County Committee of Safety; Delegate to the Virginia Convention; Member of Virginia Legislature; Member of Virginia Executive Council; Delegate to Continental Congress; Delegate to Annapolis Convention; Delegate to Constitutional Convention; Member of the Virginia Ratification Convention; U.S. Congressman; Secretary of State.

Age at Inauguration: 57

First Administration: Vice-President: George Clinton of New York, Inauguration March 4, 1809, House of Representatives, Washington D.C.

Second Administration: Vice-President: Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, Inauguration March 4, 1813, House of Representatives, Washington D.C.

Occupation after Presidency: Retired

Death: "Montpelier", Virginia, June 28, 1836.

Cause of Death: Debility at age 85.

Place of Burial: "Montpelier", Virginia.

Interesting Facts:

During Madison's Presidency, in the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key watched the British bombard Fort McHenry, Baltimore, that inspired his Star-Spangled Banner. Although the song was popular, it was not made the official national anthem until 1931.

Copyright© John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.