President's Day James Madison

Born:  Mar. 16, 1751
Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia
Party:  Democratic-Republican
Age at Inauguration:  57
Served:  1809-1817
Died:  June 28, 1836
Age at Death:  85
College:  Princeton
Religion:  Episcopalian
Occupation:  Lawyer
Runner-Up:  Charles C. Pinckney (1808); De Witt Clinton (1812)
Vice President:  George Clinton (1809-1812); Elbridge Gerry (1813-1814)

Some Trivia

  • He was the smallest of all the presidents.  He was only 5'4" tall and weighed less than 100 pounds.
  • He was the first president who had served as a congressman before being elected president.
  • He was the first president to wear long trousers.  All previous presidents wore knee breeches.
  • He was one of two presidents who signed the Constitution.  George Washington was the other.
  • His wife, Dolley Madison, courageously rescued the famous portrait of George Washington by Gilbert when fleeing from the burning White House in 1812.  That portrait is the only remaining possession from the original building.
  • He was younger than both of his vice presidents, and both of his vice presidents died while they were in office.

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