James Madison

James Madison Bust - Montpelier, Orange, Virginia
  • Fourth President (1809-1817)
  • Religion: Diest, Episcopalian
  • Party: Democratic-Republican

James Madison Offices Held

  • Secretary of State (1801-1809)
  • US House of Representatives from Virginia (1793-1797)
  • Delegate to the Congress of Confederation from Virginia (1781-1783)

James Madison Nicknames

  • Father of the Constitution
  • His Little Majesty
  • Little Jemmy
  • Sage of Montpelier

James Madison Pets

  • Parrot
  • Sheep

James Madison Personal Traits

  • Height: 5 feet – 4 inches

James Madison Quotes

The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over government by controlling the money and its issuance.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.
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.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiations, and foreign commerce.
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.
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.

 

 

James Madison Timeline – Family

  • March 27, 1723 James Madison Sr. (Father) born in Orange County, Virginia.
  • January 9, 1731 Eleanor “Nelly” Rose Conway Madison (Mother) born in Port Conway, Virginia.
  • September 15, 1749 James Madison Sr. (Father) marries Eleanor “Nelly” Rose Conway (Mother).
  • March 16, 1751 James Madison born in Port Conway, Virginia.
  • June 18, 1753 Francis Taylor Madison (Sister) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • January 27, 1755 Ambrose Madison Lee (Sister) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • February 10, 1758 Robert Cole Catlett Madison (Brother) born in Orange County, Virginia.
  • March 18, 1758 Robert Cole Catlett Madison (Brother) dies in Orange County, Virginia.
  • February 14, 1760 Eleanor “Nelly” Conway Madison Hite (Sister) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • May 5, 1762 William Taylor Madison (Brother) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • August 17, 1764 Sarah Catlett Madison (Sister) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • 1766 Unnamed Child (Brother or Sister?) born and dies.
  • February 6, 1768 Elizabeth Madison (Sister) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • May 20, 1768 Dolley Payne Todd Madison (Wife) born in Guilford County, Province of North Carolina.
  • 1770 Unnamed Child (Brother or Sister?) born and dies.
  • September 19, 1771 Reuben Madison (Brother) born in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • October 4, 1774 Frances Taylor Madison (Sister) born in Orange County, Virginia.
  • May 1775 Elizabeth Madison (Sister) dies in Orange County, Virginia.
  • May 17, 1775 Reuben Madison (Brother) dies in Orange County, Virginia.
  • January 1790 Dolley Payne (Wife) marries her first husband John Todd.
  • February 29, 1792 John Payne Todd (Step-Son) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • October 1793 Ambrose Madison Lee (Sister) dies in Orange County, Virginia.
  • October 24, 1793 John Todd (Dolley’s {Wife} first husband) dies.
  • September 15, 1794 James Madison marries Dolley Payne Todd.
  • 1800 Francis Taylor Madison (Sister) dies in Orange County, Virginia.
  • February 27, 1801 James Madison Sr. (Father) dies in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • December 24, 1802 Eleanor “Nelly” Conway Madison Hite (Sister) dies in Warren, Virginia.
  • October 1823 Frances Taylor Madison (Sister) dies in Orange County, Virginia.
  • February 11, 1829 Eleanor “Nelly” Rose Conway Madison (Mother) dies in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • June 28, 1836 James Madison dies in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • July 20, 1843 William Taylor Madison (Brother) dies in Montpelier, Virginia.
  • October 17, 1843 Sarah Catlett Madison (Sister) dies in Greenwood, Virginia.
  • July 12, 1849 Dolley Payne Todd Madison (Wife) dies in Washington DC.
  • January 16, 1852 John Payne Todd (Step-Son) dies in Washington DC.

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