James Madison Jr.

James Madison Jr.

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President James Madison Jr.
Born in Virginiamap
Husband of — married in Harewood, Jefferson County, Virginia, USAmap
Died in Montpellier,Orange, Virginiamap
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James Madison 4th President of the United States


James Madison in his own words:

From the pen of James Madison, protege of Jefferson, chronicler of the Constitutional Convention and Father of the Constitution, Fourth President of the United States....[1]

"What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not."

-- James Madison, "A Memorial and Remonstrance", 1785.[2]

"Experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."

-- James Madison, "A Memorial and Remonstrance", 1785.[3]

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James Madison, the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817), was born in 1751.

He grew up in Orange County, Virginia and attended Princeton (known at the time as The College of New Jersey).

Madison was a student of history and government, and well versed in law. A distinct honor, Madison took part in the framing of the Virginia Constitution (1776), and later served in the Continental Congress and the Virginia Assembly.

Along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, he helped ratify the Constitution through the writing of the "Federalist" essays. He also helped form the Bill of Rights and Republican Party (known as the Jeffersonian Party).

James Madison and President Zachary Taylor are related as second cousins.

Time Line

March 16, 1751

James Madison Jr born in Port Conway, Virginia Colony [4]
James Madison served in the Virginia State Legislature [5]

“1780 – 1783”

James Madison served as the youngest member in the Continental Congress[6]

“1784- 1786:

James Madison was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates[7]





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[1] James Madison Family Organization

[2] President James Madison handwritten pedigree

  • Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America, p.140.

Foot Notes

  1. Massenet, "Founding Father Quotes on Religion." mrl
  2. Massenet, "Founding Father Quotes on Religion." mrl
  3. Massenet, "Founding Father Quotes on Religion." mrl
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On November 16, 2008 Crystal McCann wrote:

Madison was referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," to which he replied that the document was not "the off-spring of a single brain," but "the work of many heads and many hands."


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