I want to take the approximately month and a half to review the past Presidents of the United States of America as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
James Madison was the 4th President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1809 until March 4, 1817. His Vice President was George Clinton for most of his first term and Elbridge Gerry during most of his second term. Both Vice Presidents died while in office and James Madison had no Vice President for periods of time. James Madison was, also, a planter, author, statesman, and college administrator. He was a Founding Father as well. He was known as the Father of the Constitution.
James Madison, Jr. was born in 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia Colony, British America. He lived on a plantation and had eleven younger siblings. In 1769, he enrolled in College of New Jersey, which is now Princeton Yniversity. He graduated in 1771 having studied multiple subjects. In 1774, he took a seat on a local Committee of Safety board. In 1775, he was colonel of the Orange County militia. He next served on the Virginia state legislature. He worked on drafting the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which passed in 1786. The constitutional convention occurred in 1787. While working for the ratification of the Constitution, Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote The Federalist Papers. Madison, after much work, became known as the Father of the Constitution. He, also, became the Father of the Bill of Rights.
James Madison married later in life in 1794. He married Dolley Payne Todd and adopted her son, John Payne Todd. James’ father died in 1801 and he inherited the plantation Montpilier.
Early in his Presidency, 1810, the national debt had been reduced and taxes had been cut. The United States participated in the War of 1812. Louisiana and Indiana became states while James Madison was President. James Madison is remembered as a strong defender of the Constitution. One of his nicknames was Little Jemmy because he was the shortest President at 5’4″ and weighed 100 pounds.
James Madison died in 1836. He is remembered by many places that have been named after him, including towns, educational institutions, and a mountain range. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established to awards fellowships to secondary teachers who work for a Master’s degree that emphasizes the study of the Constitution. Be inspired! Have a bright day!