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James Madison's Birthday
March 16

By Sarah Lane
Jan 21, 2008, 11:28 PST



The Papers of James Madison

James Madison 1751-1836

 

James Madison was the fourth U.S. President.  He was born in Port Conway, Virginia on March 16th in the year 1751.  He had the nickname of the Father of the Constitution because of how he helped to lay the original groundwork for that important document.  After graduating from the College of New Jersey, which is now called Princeton, he helped to establish the Bill of Rights, served in the Continental Congress, and was a great contributor to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. 

 

James Madison was elected president in 1809 and continued to hold office until 1817.  James was a strong leader. He had to be, since he led this country through the War of 1812.  He was married to Dolley who supported him in his endeavors and was known as a charming hostess.  The pair eventually retired to Montpelier, Virginia where Madison served as the rector of the University of Virginia until his death in 1836.  

Source:     Biography.com, A & E Television Networks

 

Additional Learning Links for James Madison

 

The Papers of James Madison

Here you will find a short biography on the former president, Madison documents, volumes published to date, a bibliography, and other websites of interest.

Source:              Papers of James Madison

Reading Level:   Hard

 

James Madison Family Tree

This site has a modern diagram showing the Madison family tree, as well as one drawn by Madison’s own hand.  Read a detailed account of the family history, his legacy, or visit the James Madison Center.

Source:              James Madison University

Reading Level:   Moderate

 

Biography from the White House

This is a complete and detailed account of the political life of James Madison from inauguration to death.  You will also find a link to his wife Dolley Payne Todd Madison and her biography.

Source:              The White House.gov

Reading Level:   Moderate




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