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James Madison James Madison was born in Virginia. He was the fourth President of the United States.

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He had eleven younger brothers and sisters. He was sick a lot when he was a child and the family hired a private tutor to teach him until he was 11. Then he went to a boarding school which was 70 miles from his home. There he spent five years studying Latin, Greek, French, Italian, algebra, geometry and geography. When James Madison was 18 he entered college. He studied hard and finished college in two years instead of three.

After graduation, James Madison didn't know what he wanted to do. He could had gone back to the family plantation and farm or he became a minister. He thought about becoming a lawyer. He decided to help in the government. He served in the Contin ental Congress. He studied a lot and taken a lot of notes. When the men met to talk about a constitution, Madison spoke 161 times. He knew about every subject being discussed. Some say that without him, the Constitution would not have been written. Madison is called the Father of the Constitution.

He was elected president in 1809. His wife Dolley enjoyed entertaining in the White House. It is said she had a smile and a pleasant word for everyone. After retiring from being the president, he and Dolley returned to Montpelier, the family estate. He died there in 1836. His wife then returned to Washington and lived there for the last 13 years of her life.
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Date Added: 18 April '11

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