James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Louis KetchamThe best one volume biography of Madisons life, Ketchams biography not only traces Madisons career, it gives readers a sense of the man. As Madison said of his early years in Virginia under the study of Donald Robertson, who introduced him to thinkers like Montaigne and Montesquieu, all that I have been in life I owe largely to that man. It also captures a side of Madison that is less rarely on display (including a portrait of the beautiful Dolley Madison).
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Although he was known for being quiet-natured and short-statured, the fourth President of the United States was also a man of bravery and valor. He ran into battle as commander-in-chief when the enemy marched into Washington, and held his ground in the political arena of the Revolutionary period. The last of the Founding Fathers to die, he was the end of an era. But it was in that the country glimpsed their First Lady in a new light. John Payne Todd, known as Payne to his mother, was only one year old when his father and infant brother died of yellow fever.
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View All Announcements. Nicknamed Jemmy, Madison studied geography, mathematics and several languages when he was a child. He graduated from the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton, in Regarded as an astute political leader, he would play a key role in the founding of the nation. Madison would serve as secretary of state during the presidency of his friend Thomas Jefferson whom he would succeed as the fourth president of the United States in at the age of