The First Lady of James Madison

Portrait of Dolley Madison

Dolley Payne was born in the Quaker community of New Garden, North Carolina, in 1768. She was the first child of Virginians Mary Coles Payne and John Payne Jr., who had moved to North Carolina. Her mother had been a Quaker all her life. On the other hand, her father converted to … Read more

The Early Life and Education of James Madison

On March 16, 1751, James Madison, a founding father, author of the Constitution, and fourth President of the United States was born at his mother’s home at Port Conway, Virginia, near Fredericksburg, on the Rappahannock River. His parents, Nelly Conway Madison and James Madison, Sr., had no idea that their eldest son … Read more

The Brief Biography of James Madison

James Madison, one of America’s Founding Fathers, drafted the initial versions of the United States Constitution. He was known as a co-author of the Federalist Papers and a supporter of the Bill of Rights. With President Thomas Jefferson, he founded the Democratic-Republican Party, and in 1808 he was elected president. Together with … Read more

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