James  Madison Jr.

James Madison Jr. (1751 - 1836)

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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 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 Papers" 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.

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March 16, 1751

James Madison Jr born in Port Conway, Virginia Colony [4]


James Madison served in the Virginia State Legislature [4]

1780 – 1783

James Madison served as the youngest member in the Continental Congress[4]

1784- 1786:

James Madison was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates[4]


The Dolley Madison Digital Edition. The Madison Family. Edited by Holly C. Shulman. Accessed by Michael Boynton on March 21, 2016 at 9:45 PM. [1]

The Dolley Madison Digital Edition. James Madison's Nieces and Nephews. Edited by Holly C. Shulman. Accessed by Michael Boynton on March 21, 2016 at 9:55 PM. [2]




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[3] James Madison Family Organization

[4] President James Madison handwritten pedigree

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  2. Massenet, "Founding Father Quotes on Religion." mrl
  3. Massenet, "Founding Father Quotes on Religion." mrl
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On 24 Apr 2014 M. (Stewart) H. wrote:

“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.” - James Madison

On 16 Nov 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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