James Madison Fast Facts

Fourth President of the United States

James Madison, America's Third President
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James Madison (1751-1836) was America's shortest president standing at only 5'4". He was very important in the founding of America. He was one of the three authors, including Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, of the Federalist papers which helped persuade states to ratify the Constitution. He was also the "Father of the Constitution" in that he was influential in its construction and terms. 

This article provides a list of fast facts for James Madison.

For more in depth information, you can also read the James Madison Biography.


March 16, 1751


June 28, 1836

Term of Office:

March 4, 1809-March 3, 1817

Number of Terms Elected:

2 Terms

First Lady:


"Father of the Constitution"

James Madison Quote:

"Every word [of the Constitution] decides a question between power and liberty. "

Major Events While in Office:

States Entering Union While in Office:

  • Louisiana (1812)
  • Indiana (1816)

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