James Madison

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Date of Birth March 16, 1751
Place of Birth Port Conway, Virginia
Date of Death Jun 28, 1836 (85)
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James Madison

James Madison Jr. was an American statesman, diplomat, expansionist, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the Constitution of the United States and the United States Bill of Rights. He co-wrote The Federalist Papers, co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, and served as the fifth United States Secretary of State from 1801 to 1809. Born into a prominent Virginia planter family, Madison served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and the Continental Congress during and after the American Revolutionary War. He became dissatisfied with the weak national government established by the Articles of Confederation and helped organize the Constitutional Convention, which produced a new constitution to supplant the Articles of Confederation.

Born: March 16, 1751, Port Conway, Virginia Colony, British America
Died: June 28, 1836, Montpelier, Virginia, U.S.
Cause of death: Congestive heart failure
Resting place: Montpelier, Virginia, U.S.
Political party: Democratic-Republican
Parents: James Madison Sr, Nelly Madison
Education: College of New Jersey, (renamed Princeton)
Vice President: George Clinton (1809–12), None (1812–1813), Elbridge Gerry (1813–14), None (1814–1817)
Preceded by: Thomas Jefferson
Succeeded by: James Monroe

About James Madison

The Father of the Constitution and fourth President of the United States who notably authored the United States Bill of Rights.

James Madison Before Fame

He chose to attend the College of New Jersey, which would become Princeton University, instead of the popular institution among Virginians of his day, the College of William & Mary, mainly because of the climate in which the school was located.

Achievement of James Madison

He wrote the 85 Federalist Papers, which were essays that promoted the ratification of the United States Constitution, along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

James Madison Family Life

His father, James Madison Sr., was a wealthy tobacco planter who owned a plantation, Mt. Pleasant. In 1794, he married Dolley Madison and adopted her son John Payne Todd.

Associations of James Madison

He was the U.S. Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson.

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