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JAMES MADISON
JAMES MADISON
Fourth President of the United States
Born in 1751 - Died in 1836
 
 
James Madison was born in Virginia. He had eleven younger brothers and sisters. He was sick a lot when he was a child and the family hired a private tutor * to teach him until he was 11. Then he went to a boarding school which was 70 miles from his home. There he spent five years studying Latin, Greek, French, Italian,
algebra * , geometry * and geography.

When he was 18 he entered college. He studied hard and finished college in two years instead of three.

After he graduated, he didn't know what he wanted to do. He could go back to the family plantation and farm, or he could become a minister. He thought about becoming a lawyer. He would just keep studying.

He decided to help in the government. He served in the Continental Congress. Some say that without James Madison, the Constitution * would not have been written. He is called the Father of the Constitution.

He had studied a lot and taken a lot of notes. When the men met to talk about a constitution, Madison spoke 161 times. He knew about every subject being discussed.

He was elected president in 1809. His wife Dolley enjoyed entertaining in the White House. It is said she had a smile and a pleasant word for everyone.

After he retired from being the president, he and Dolley returned to Montpelier, the family estate. He died there in 1836. His wife then returned to Washington and lived there for the last 13 years of her life.


This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.

From Word Central's Student Dictionary
by Merriam - Webster
(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)

tutor
Pronunciation: 't(y)oot-ər
Function: noun
: a person who has the responsibility of instructing and guiding another...

algebra
Pronunciation: 'al-jə-brə
Function: noun
: a branch of mathematics that explores the relationships between numbers and the operations used to work with them and that uses letters or other symbols to represent them ...

geometry
Pronunciation: jE-'ahm-ə-trE
Function: noun
: a branch of mathematics that deals with points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids...

constitution
Pronunciation: "kahn(t)-stə-'t(y)oo-shən
Function: noun
a : the basic beliefs and laws of a nation, state, or social group that establish the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it
b : a document containing a constitution ...

 
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