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James Madison 10 Personal Facts, Bio, Wiki
4th U.S. President
Born: March 16, 1751, Belle Grove
Died: June 28, 1836, James Madison’s Montpelier, Montpelier Station, Virginia, United States
Height: 1.63 m
Presidential term: March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817
Spouse: Dolley Madison (m. 1794–1836)
Party: Democratic-Republican Party
Vice presidents: George Clinton (1809–1812), Elbridge Gerry (1813–1814)
Only 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) tall and never weighing more than 100 lb (45 kg), Madison was the country’s most diminutive president. He had bright blue eyes and was known to be humorous in small gatherings.
Madison suffered from episodes of mental exhaustion and illness with associated nervousness, and was often sidelined after periods of stress. He often feared for the worst and was a hypochondriac.
However, Madison was physically able and usually in good physical health throughout his long life until his very last years.
On September 15, 1794, Madison married Dolley Payne Todd, a 26-year-old widow of John Todd, a Quaker farmer who died during a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia.
Aaron Burr introduced Madison to her, at his request, after Dolley had stayed in the same boardinghouse as Burr in Philadelphia.
After an arranged meeting in early 1794, the two quickly became romantically engaged and prepared for a wedding that summer, but Dolley suffered recurring illnesses because of her exposure to yellow fever in Philadelphia.
They eventually traveled to Harewood in Virginia for their wedding. Only a few close family members attended, and Winchester Reverend Alexander Balmain presided.
Madison, an introspective individual, enjoyed a strong relationship with his wife and relied deeply on her in dealing with the social pressures of being a public figure.
She became a renowned figure in Washington, D.C., and excelled at hosting dinners and other important political occasions.
Dolley helped to establish the modern image of the first lady of the United States as an individual who has a leading role in the social affairs of the nation.
Madison never had children, but he adopted Dolley’s one surviving son, John Payne Todd (known as Payne), after the marriage.
Some of his colleagues, such as Monroe and Burr, alleged that Madison was infertile and that his lack of offspring weighed on his thoughts; but Madison never spoke of any such distress.
Nonetheless, his fertility has come into questions in recent years, following a popular 2007 article in The Washington Post, in which an African-American named Bettye Kearse claimed to be a descendant of Madison and a slave named Coreen.
Throughout his life, Madison maintained a close relationship with his father, James Sr., who died in 1801. At age 50, Madison inherited the large plantation of Montpelier and other possessions, including his father’s numerous slaves.
Of his six siblings who lived to adulthood, Ambrose helped manage Montpelier for both his father and older brother until his own death in 1793.
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James Madison Jr. was an American statesman, diplomat, and Founding Father. He served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.
Madison is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.
Madison grew up as the oldest of twelve children, with seven brothers and four sisters, though only six lived to adulthood.
Of the surviving siblings, three brothers, Francis, Ambrose, and William, and three sisters, Nelly, Sarah, and Frances, it was Ambrose who would eventually help to manage Montpelier for both his father and older brother until his own death in 1793.