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James Madison

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James Madison

4th U.S. President


Who was James Madison?

James Madison was the 4th President of the United States. He has been called "The Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution. He also drafted the first 10 amendments to the Constitution and is subsequently called "The Father of the Bill of Rights."

James Madison was born on 16 March 1751 (05 March 1750/1 O.S.) in Port Conway, Virginia to James and Nelly (Conway) Madison. He is said to have been a sickly child who spent most of his time reading books. As an adult he never weighed more than 100 pounds, and at 5‘4" tall he hold‘s the distinction of being the shortest U.S. President ever.

The War of 1812 and the White House Myth

During his presidency, James Madison lead the United States to war with Great Britain which became known as the War of 1812. In 1814 British troops burned Washington D.C., and with it the White House which was then known as the Presidential Mansion or Executive Mansion.

A myth evolved that President Madison ordered the mansion whitewashed as part of the repairs to restore it. As a result, the mansion was thereafter known as the White House. However, the first use of the term White House by the public in reference to the Executive Mansion was said to have occurred in 1811 before the war even began. As for officially being known as the White House, this didn't occur until 1901 when President Theodore Roosevelt had his stationary engraved with the term.

James Madison's Family Tree

President Madison's family tree contains some interesting close relations. He was a 2nd cousin to President Zachary Taylor and a 3rd cousin to Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark expedition. In addition he was a 4th cousin 5 times and 6 times removed to President Teddy Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald. He also has family ties to President Barack Obama, Walt Disney, the infamous Lizzie Borden, and to Royalty as a descendant of both Alfred the Great and Charlemagne.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for James Madison

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John Quincy Adams

6th U.S. President

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Miliscent of Rethel

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Abigail (Smith) Adams

First Lady of President John Adams

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Miliscent of Rethel

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Gerard de Camville

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Gilbert Basset

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William Sargent

(c1602 - 1682)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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William Wentworth

(c1616 - 1696/7)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

19th cousin
via Miliscent of Rethel

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Nicholas Gilman

Signer of the U.S. Constitution

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Gerard de Camville

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Nicholas Gilman

Signer of the U.S. Constitution

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Gilbert Basset

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General James Longstreet

Confederate Army - U.S. Civil War

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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Jonathan Swift

Author of Gulliver's Travels

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Gerard de Camville

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Jonathan Swift

Author of Gulliver's Travels

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Gilbert Basset

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John Dryden

England's First Poet Laureate

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Gerard de Camville

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John Dryden

England's First Poet Laureate

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Gilbert Basset

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Edward Lloyd V

13th Governor of Maryland

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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Charles Goldsborough

16th Governor of Maryland

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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Robert Catesby

Leader of Gunpowder Plot

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley

Founder of Aetna Insurance

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Miliscent of Rethel

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Gerard de Camville

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Gilbert Basset

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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

14th cousin 1 time removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

17th cousin 4 times removed
via John, King of England

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Saher IV de Quincy

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