James Madison grew up on a tobacco farm in Belle Grove, Port Conway, Virginia with eleven brothers and sisters. He also liked to stay inside and read.
He graduated two years after studying law at Princeton University.
James Madison was a member of the Continental Congress before he became president.
The main event during Madison's presidency was the War of 1812. This started because France and Britain were at war. Madison did not want to enter the war, but Britain was seizing US trade ships, and he finally felt he had no choice. In 1812 he asked congress to declare war on Britain. He served 2 terms.
Impact and legacy
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
Madison was the most successful and possibly the most influential of all the Founding Fathers.