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James Madison Biography and Facts For Kids


James Madison, was an American politician and political philosopher who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817 and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Before taking office, he played a leading part in drawing up the US Constitution in 1787. In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers. The first president to have served in the United States Congress, he was a leader in the 1st United States Congress, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights”. His presidency saw the US emerge successfully from the War of 1812against Britain.

Fun facts and Trivia About James Madison

When was James Madison Born: March 16, 1751
Where was James Madison Born: Port Conway, Virginia
What religion was James Madison: Episcopalian
What was James Madison’s occupation: Lawyer
Who was James Madison married to: Dolley Todd Madison
What number president was James Madison: 4th
What political party did James Madison belong to: Democrat-Republican
Who was James Madison’s vice president: George Clinton – Elbridge Gerry
When was James Madison president: 1809-1817
How many terms did James Madison serve: 2
When did James Madison die: June 28, 1836
How old was James Madison when he died: 85
Where is James Madison buried: Montpelier, Virginia

James Madison Quotes

  • “A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. “
  • “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. “
  • “As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. “
  • “Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. “
  • “The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. “
  • “The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself. “
  • “War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. “
  • “Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions. “

Timeline of the Life of James Madison

1751 Born at Port Conway, Va.
1779 Elected to the Continental Congress.
1787 Served at the Constitutional Convention.
1789 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1794 Married Dolley Payne Todd.
1801 Appointed Secretary of State.
1808 Elected the 4th President of the United States.
1809 Inaugurated as the 4th President of the United States.
1812 Louisiana became a state.
1812 Recommended war with Great Britain.
1812 Re-elected President.
1812 Congress organized the Missouri Territory.
1812 Napoleon invaded Russia, but had to retreat.
1814 The White House was burned by the British.
1814 “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key.
1815 Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo.
1815 Switzerland became independent of France.
1816 Indiana became a state.
1816 First Savings Banks were founded at Philadelphia and Boston.
1817 Congress organized the Alabama Territory.
1829 Served at the Virginia Constitutional Convention.
1836 Died at Montpelier, his family estate.