James Madison, Jr.
James Madison (1751-1836)
4th President of the United States

Ancestry: English
Height: 5 ft. 4 in.
Religion: Episcopalian
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Family: No children

The fourth President of the United States. He is known as the "father of the Constitution" because of his influence of deliberations of the Constitutional Convention. His notes on the convention, first published in 1840, are the major source of information on the intentions of the framers of the US Constitution. The most scholarly of the founders for the nation, Madison was respected for the soundness and clarity of his arguments rather than the eloquence.

Although Madison lacked a dynamic personality, "his luminous and discriminating mind," as Thomas Jefferson described it, was largely responsible for creating a government that met the needs of his own day and the test of time. Madison's Presidency was undistinguished in comparison to his contributions to the founding of the nation.

(more later, including a picture)

1991 New Standard Encyclopedia – Standard Education Corporation – Chicago.


President James Madison, Jr. was my 4th cousin, eight times removed.

He was the third great-grandson of John Taylor I and Elizabeth Taylor, my 11thgreat-grandparents.

The Lineage:

15th. John Taylor (b.1478) m. Susan Rowland (b.1482)
14th. Dr. Rowland Taylor (b.1510) m. Margaret Tyndale (b.1510)
13th. Thomas Taylor I (b.1548) m. Elizabeth Burwell (b.1552)
12th. Thomas Taylor II (b.1573) m. Margaret Swinderby (b.1578)
11th. John Taylor I (b.1607) m. Elizabeth Taylor (b.1610) (maiden name unkown)
..........James Taylor I (b.1635) m. Frances Walker (b.1640)
...............James Taylor II, Colonel (b.1669) m. Martha Thompson (b.1679)
....................Frances Taylor (b.1700) m. Ambrose Madison (b.1700)
.........................James Madison, Colonel (b.1750) m. Eleanor Rose Nellie Conway (b.1730)
..............................James Madison, Jr., 4th President (b.1750/51) m. Dorothea Payne (b.1768)
..........Zachary Taylor I (b.1707) m. Elizabeth Lee (b.1709)
..............Richard Taylor, Colonel (b.1743) m. Sarah Pannill Dabney Strother (b.1760)
..................Zachery Scott Taylor, 12th President (1784 VA-1850 DC) m. Margaret Mackall Smith
......................Sarah Knox Taylor (b.1814) m. Confederate President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889)
10th John Taylor, II (b.1627 England) m. Alice (Gascoyne) Gascoigne (b.1628 England)
9th. John Taylor, III (b.1654 VA) m. Ann Vezey (b.1658 VA)
8th. Elizabeth Taylor (b.1656) m. Edmund Basye, Sr. (b.1645 England)
7th. Edmund Bayse, Jr. (b.1675 VA) m. Lydia Karenhappuch (b.1703 VA)
6th. Leannah Basye (b. 1725 VA) m. John Webb I (b.1720 PA)
5th. John Webb, II (b. 1745 VA) m. (1)Hannah Woodward Riveer (b.1750 TN)
4th. Elizabeth Leannah Basey Webb (b.1771 VA) m. Mark Lambert Jackson (b.17663 VA)
3rd. Susannah Ann Elizabeth Jackson (b.1798 VA) m. Lemuel Manire (b.1792 NC/KY)
2nd. David Crockett Manire (b.1832 TN) m. Martha M. Reid (b.1835 TN)
Great-Grandparents: Mary Tennesse Manire (b.1866 TN) m. William Glenn Cole (b.1857 TN)
Grand-parents: Robert Marvin Cole (b.1900 TN) m. Mary Irene Hill (b.1906 TN)
Parents: Dora Leopal Cole (b.1931 TN) m. Kenneth Allen Freeman (b.1931 TX)
Self: Alan Cole Freeman (b.1953 TN) m. Frances Anne Hyman (b.1958 TX)

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