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James MadisonJames Madison: A Chronology of His Life and Career

James Madison served his country in many public offices in a career that spanned 40 years. Called "the Father of the Constitution," Madison planned the system of checks and balances that regulate the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he proposed resolutions for organizing the Departments of State, Treasury, and War, drafted much of the first tariff act, and was largely responsible for drafting the Bill of Rights. While serving as Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State, the United States purchased the vast Louisiana Territory from France.

March 16, 1751 James Madison Birthplace Born at Port Conway, Virginia.
1771   Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
1774   Elected to the Orange County, Virginia, Committee of Safety.
1776   Served on a committee that drafted a new Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights.
1776   Served in Virginia's first Legislative Assembly.
1778   Elected to the Governor's Council.
1779   Elected to the Continental Congress.
1783   Elected to the Virginia State Assembly.
1787 Constitutional Convention Served at the Constitutional Convention.
1787 The Federalist With Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, wrote a series of letters to newspapers favoring ratification of the Constitution that were published as The Federalist.
1789   Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
September 15, 1794 Dolley Payne Todd Madison Married Dolley Payne Todd.
1798   Drafted the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, proposing joint action by the states in declaring the Alien and Sedition Acts unconstitutional.
1799   Elected to the Virginia State Assembly.
1801 Secretary of State Appointed Secretary of State.
1808 James Madison's Administration Elected President of the United States.
1812   Re-elected President.
1817 Montpelier Retired to Montpelier, his estate in Orange County, Virginia.
1826   Became rector of the University of Virginia.
1829   Served at the Virginia Constitutional Convention.
June 28, 1836 grave of James Madison Died at Montpelier.

Constitutional Convention
The Federalist
Dolley Payne Todd Madison
Secretary of State

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