4. James Madison

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“The Father of the Constitution”

  • Full Name: James Madison
  • Years in Office: 1809–1817
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican
  • Nicknames: “Father of the Constitution,” “Little Jemmy”
  • Age at Inauguration: 57
  • Vice President: George Clinton (first term), Elbridge Gerry (second term)
  • Birth: March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia
  • Death: June 28, 1836 in Montpelier, Virginia
  • Place of Burial: Montpelier, Virginia
  • Height: 5’4”
  • Ancestry: English
  • Father: James Madison 1723–1801); Justice of the peace, vestryman, farmer
  • Mother: Eleanor Conway Madison (1732–1829)
  • Wife: Dorothea (Dolley) Payne Todd (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849)
  • Marriage: September 15, 1794 in Harewood, Virginia
  • Children: None
  • Home: Montpelier, Virginia
  • Education: Early education at Donald Robertson’s school; private tutoring; B.A. from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1771
  • Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian
  • Military Service: Yes
  • Career:
    • Writer
    • Colonel, Virginia Militia (1775)
    • Member of Orange County Committee of Safety (1775)
    • Member of  the Virginia Constitutional Convention (1776)
    • Member of Virginia Executive Council (1778–1779)
    • Member of Virginia Legislature (1779)
    • Member of Continental Congress (1780–1783)
    • Delegate to Annapolis Convention (1786)
    • Member of Constitutional Convention (1787)
    • Member of the Virginia Ratification Convention (1788)
    • U.S. Congressman (1789–1797)
    • Secretary of State: Jefferson administration (1801–1809)
    • President (1809–1817)
    • Rector of University of Virginia (1826–1836)
  • Writings: The Writings of James Madison; The Papers of James Madison

Spotlight Artifact

The U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution page 1 - National Archives

You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me ‘The writer of the Constitution of the U.S.’ This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands.

-James Madison to William Cogswell, March 10, 1834

U.S. Constitution page 2 - National ArchivesU.S. Constitution page 3 - National ArchivesU.S. Constitution page 4 - National Archives

 

 

 

 

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