March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836
Marriage: Dolley Payne Todd
Military service: He was commissioned a colonel
from Orange County, Va., during the War
for American Independence but discharged
due to frail health before he saw any action.
Term: March 4, 1809 -- March 3, 1817
Vice presidents: George Clinton, 1809-1812;
Elbridge Gerry, 1813-1814; vacant, 1814-1817
Highlights of presidency:
The impressment of American sailors into
the British Navy sparked the War of 1812.
Victories on Lake Erie by Capt. Oliver Perry
and at New Orleans by Gen. Andrew Jackson
in 1815 ended the war.
Did you know?
Traditionally Madison is called the "Father
of the Constitution." He served as a U.S.
House member from Virginia, 1789-1797, and
secretary of state, 1801-1809. His nickname
was Jemmy. He is the shortest president
at 5 feet, 4 inches, and he weighed just 100
pounds. His wife, Dolley, saved Gilbert Stuart's
famous painting of George Washington
shortly before British soldiers burned the