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James Madison: A Presidential Unit

James Madison was born in Port Conway, Virginia on March 16, 1751. The oldest child in a family of twelve, James Madison grew up on his father's plantation, Montpelier, in Orange County, Virginia.

Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Years Served: 1809 - 1817
Vice President(s): George Clinton (1809-12); Elbridge Gerry (1813-14)
Name of his parents: James Madison and Nelly Conway
Wife’s name: Dolley Payne Todd
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000.00
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 4 inches
State of Birth: Virginia

On Line Lesson Plans:

Madison’s Legacy
The Bill of Rights
Understanding James Madison

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
James Madison from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:

The James Madison Museum
The Legacy of James Madison
Papers of James Madison
Biography of James Madison
Montpelier, the Home of James Madison
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents

Trivia Questions:

1. What university did James Madison graduate from? (Answer: Princeton).
2. Why religion was Dolley Madison? (Answer: Quaker)
3. How many children did James Madison have? (Answer: none) What other presidents had no children? (Answer: Washington, Buchanan, Jackson, Polk, Harding)
4. What bill is James Madison’s face on? (Answer: the $5000 bill)
5. What was James Madison’s Nicknames? (Answer: “Father of the Constitution,” and “Jemmy.”)

Of Note:

James Madison was the first President to wear regularly long trousers instead of knee-pants.

Madison was the first president who had prior service as a congressman.

Zachary Taylor and Madison were second cousins.

During the War of 1812 Madison was under enemy fire. He was the first president to be in that situation.

At 5 feet, 4 inches and less than 100 pounds, he was the shortest and lightest president.

Dolley Madison sent the first personal message using the Morse telegraph in 1844.


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