James Madison
4th President of the United States
James Madison
Vice President (s)George Clinton (1809-12)
                                Elbridge Gerry (1813-14) 
Born March 16, 1751, in Port Conway, Virginia
Died:   June 28, 1836, at Montpelier, Virginia

Career/Occupation: Lawyer
Religion:  Episcopalian
Education:   Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton University; 1771)
Political Party:  Democratic-Republican
Nickname(s):   "Father of the Constitution"
Other Government Positions:

  • Member of Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1776
  • Member of Continental Congress, 1780-83
  • Member of Virginia Legislature, 1784-86
  • Member of Constitutional Convention, 1787
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-97
  • Secretary of State, 1801-09 (under Jefferson)

Presidential Salary:  $25,000


  • First President to have served in the United States House of Representatives
  • First President to ask Congress for a Declaration of War. 
  • First President to serve as a war-time Commander-in-Chief. 
  • First President to have an Inaugural ball. 
  • First President to wear long trousers instead of knee breeches. 
  • First President to issue a pocket veto. 
  • First President to succeed another president without serving as vice president.
  • First President to have the same vice president as his predecessor.
  • First President to have a vice president die while in office. 
  • First President to have two Vice Presidents (George Clinton and Elbridge Gerry) die in office.
  • First President to have a parent live throughout his presidency

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