American Presidents

More about James Madison

  • Along with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, he was a co-author of the Federalist Papers.
  • When the British Army invaded Washington during the War of 1812, Dolley Madison rescued a portrait of George Washington, along with other valuables from the White House, and fled the city.
  • When he took office, there were 7 million people living in the United States.
  • "A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both."

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