James Madison

4th US President James Madison Full Name: James Madison
Nationality:

American

Profession: 4th US President
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Political Titles: United States Secretary of State

Presidential Term: March 4, 1809 - March 4, 1817
Preceded By: Thomas Jefferson
Succeeded By: James Monroe

Why Famous: Previously serving as Secretary of State under Thomas Jefferson, Madison succeeded his boss as President in 1809. he is known commonly as the "Father of the Constitution" for playing a crucial role in the drafting of the US Constitution and author of the US Bill of Rights.

Madison was one of the leaders of the movement to ratify the Constitution, and his work with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton produced The Federalist Papers, which stands as one of the most significant works in support of the Constitution.

As Secretary of State he presided over the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the United States. A popular president with historians, Madison's term in office saw growing prosperity for several years. The War of 1812 occurred during his presidency and was a stalemate; it helped to change his opinion on a national bank and a strong central government, which he came to support.

Born: March 16, 1751
Star Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia, USA

Died: June 28, 1836 (aged 85)

Married Life

  • 1794-09-15 4th US President James Madison (43) weds Dolley Madison (26) in Jefferson County, West Virginia

Historical Events in the Life of James Madison

  • 1789-06-08 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives
  • 1808-12-07 James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President
  • 1812-12-02 James Madison re-elected President of the US, Elbridge Gerry Vice-President
  • 1879-05-31 Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison

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