Madison, James

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Madison, James Gender: M
born on 16 March 1751 at 23:59 (= 11:59 PM )
Place Port Conway, USA, 38n10, 77w11
Timezone LMT m77w11 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 26°17' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 23°10 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 07°47'

James Madison


American politician whose contribution to both the philosophy and details of the outline of the new form of government taking shape for the revolutionary U.S. was so significant that he was described in history as the "father of the Constitution."

Born sickly, small in size and with a retiring nature, he used his early years in productive study, becoming a giant intellect and an attorney. At 36, he left home for Philadelphia, on 5/02/1787, to participate in the Constitutional Convention chaired by General George Washington. The assembly worked through a long hot summer behind closed doors to reduce distractions, finally adopting the new Constitution on 9/17/1787. Madison had mixed feelings, for as momentous as the document was, he felt unsure of some sections.

He served as Secretary of State from 1801-09. His influence was so formative to the emerging government that after the presidency of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Madison served as the fourth U.S. President of the U.S. from 3/04/1809 through a second term, 1813-1817. In August 1817 he fled Washington D.C. to escape the British. Four months later, on 12/28/1814, a Treaty of Peace was declared between the U.S. and Britain.

He was married in 1794 to Dorothea Payne (Dolley), b. 5/20/1768, Greensboro, NC.

In 1826, he became Rector of the University of Virginia.

Died on 6/28/1836, Montpelier, VA.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Family : Change residence 2 May 1787 (Left home for Philadelphia)
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  • Work : New Career 1789 (Congressman nine years)
  • Relationship : Marriage 15 September 1794 (Dorothy Todd Payne)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1801 (Secretary of State eight years)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 1817 (Retired from presidency)
  • Work : New Job 1826 (Rector of University of VA)

Source Notes

AO Science Summer/1942 quotes Gaillard Hunt "Life of James Madison," for "midnight." (Republished by Russell & Russell, 1968, p.21; first published 1902.) The author, Hunt, gives March 16, whereas the OS date is March 5th.

Reverend Horace Edwin Hayden in "Virginia Genealogies," (reprinted 1931 by The Rare Book Shop in Washington, DC, p.256) gives the old style date, referring to the baptismal record. As Madison's birth was less than a year before the scheduled official callendar change, there was a great deal of confusion in that period about dates, especially inasmuch as the Annunciation Calendar in which the new year began on March 25 was being changed to a New Year of January 1st. Clement Hay rectified the birth time to 11:51 PM, a time agreed upon by T. Pat Davis, a fastidious researcher.

Blackwell quotes Madison's father's family record, researched by Jeri Blake, "Born on Tuesday night at 12:00 o'clock, the last of the 5th and beginning of the 6th day of March 1751 OS. The birth took place at the home of his maternal grandparents."

Sy Scholfield quotes William Meade's book, "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia" (J.B. Lippincott, 1891), p. 97: "The following are their children :- James Madison, Jr., the President, was born on Tuesday night at 12 o'clock, being the last of the 5th and beginning of the 6th day of March, 1751, and was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Win. ... James Madison, Jr. was born at Port Conway, in King George, and was baptized there."


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (43 years)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Influencial in new government)
  • Vocation : Politics : U.S. Presidents (1809-1917)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection