James  Madison Jr.

James Madison Jr. (1751 - 1836)

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President James Madison Jr.
Born in Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Harewood, Jefferson County, Va USAmap
Died in Montpellier,Orange, Virginiamap
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Preceded by
3rd President
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison Jr.
4th President
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Succeeded by
5th President
James Monroe



This timeline intermingles dates and events from genealogical, biographical, and historic perspectives.

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.


March 16, 1751

James Madison Jr born in Port Conway, Virginia Colony [1]


James Madison served in the Virginia State Legislature [1]

1780 – 1783

James Madison served as the youngest member in the Continental Congress[1]

1784- 1786:

James Madison was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates[1]


  • Eighteen US states have named counties in President Madison's honor. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.

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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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