Fourth President of the United States
Born in 1751 - Died in 1836
James Madison was born in Virginia. He had eleven younger brothers
and sisters. He was sick a lot when he was a child and the family
hired a private tutor to teach him until he was 11. Then he went
to a boarding school which was 70 miles from his home. There he
spent five years studying Latin, Greek, French, Italian, algebra,
geometry, and geography.
When he was 18 he entered college. He studied hard and finished
college in two years instead of three.
After he graduated, he didn't know what he wanted to do. He could go
back to the family plantation and farm, or he could become a minister.
He thought about becoming a lawyer. He would just
He decided to help in the government. He served in the Continental
Congress. Some say that without James Madison, the Constitutionwould not have been written. He is called the Father of the
He had studied a lot and taken a lot of notes. When the men met to
talk about a constitution, Madison spoke 161 times. He knew about
every subject being discussed.
He was elected president in 1809. His wife Dolley enjoyed entertaining
in the White House. It is said she had a smile and a pleasant word
After he retired from being the president, he and Dolley returned to
Montpelier, the family estate. He died there in 1836. His wife then
returned to Washington and lived there for the last 13 years of her
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.
The Making of the Constitution and the Foundation of the U.S. Legal System and Government
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From Word Central's Student Dictionary
by Merriam - Webster
(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)
: a person who has the responsibility of instructing
: a branch of mathematics that explores the relationships
between numbers and the operations used to work with them
and that uses letters or other symbols to represent them ...
: a branch of mathematics that deals with points, lines, angles,
surfaces, and solids...
a : the basic beliefs and laws of a nation, state, or social group
that establish the powers and duties of the government
and guarantee certain rights to the people in it
b : a document containing a constitution ...
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online book by Sydney Howard Gay
Memoirs and Letters of Dolly Madison
by Dolley Madison, Lucia Beverly Cutts (public domain, full view) Order here
Father of the Constitution: A Story About James Madison
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How to Draw the Life and Times of James Madison
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James Madison, easy biography
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James Madison, Patriot, Politician, and President
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A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison
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James Madison, Presidential Leaders
by Jeremy Roberts (selected pages)
James Madison, Profiles of the Presidents
by Andrew Santella (selected pages)
James Madison, Presidents and Their Times
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James Madison Fourth President of the United States
by Megan M. Gunderson (selected pages)
Dolly Madison Saves History
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