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Madison Timeline

16 March 1751: Born at Port Conway, King George County, Virginia

1751-1762: Grew up and studied at family estate Montpelier, Orange County, Virginia

1762-1767: Studied at Donald Robertson's English and Latin school in Caroline County, Virginia

1767-1769: Returned to Montpelier to study with the Reverend Thomas Martin, a recent College of New Jersey graduate

1769-71: Studied at and graduated from College of New Jersey, Princeton

1771-72: Stayed at College of New Jersey for post-graduate studies in theology and Hebrew

1772: Returned to Montpelier

April 1774: Visited Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 1776: Elected to Virginia Convention

May-July 1776: Participated in the Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia; amended the Virginia Declaration of Rights to provide for religious freedom

October-December 1776: Participated in Virginia House of Delegates in Williamsburg; met Thomas Jefferson

1777-1779: Elected and served as member of Virginia Council of State in Williamsburg

March 1780-December 1783: Served as delegate in Continental Congress, Philadelphia

1784-86: Served as Orange County delegate to Virginia Assembly, Richmond

September 1786: Served as delegate to the Annapolis Convention on interstate trade, Maryland

February 1787-March 1788: Served as elected Virginia delegate to Congress, New York

May-September 1787: Served as delegate to the Federal Convention in Philadelphia; signed the U.S. Constitution

1788: The Federalist first published; co-authored with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay

March 1788: Elected to Virginia ratifying convention

1789-97: Served in U.S. House of Representatives

15 September 1794: Married Dolley Payne Todd at "Harewood," Charles Town, West Virginia

1797: Returned to Montpelier

December 1798:  Drafted Virginia Resolutions

1799: Elected to and served in Virginia Assembly

1801-9: Served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson

1806: Published An Examination of the British Doctrine, Which Subjects to Capture a Neutral Trade, Not Open in Time of Peace

1809-17: Served two terms as fourth U.S. President

June 1812-February 1815: Presided over War of 1812 against Great Britain

24-26 August 1814: British occupied and burned U.S. White House and Capital of Washington, D.C.

December 1814: Treaty of Ghent finalized

January 1815: United States victorious over British at New Orleans

February 1815: Received news of Treaty of Ghent in Washington

1816: Joined Board of Visitors of Central College

March 1817: Retired to Montpelier

1819: Selected as member of Board of Visitors of University of Virginia

1826-36: Served as second rector of UVa after Jefferson's death

1829: Last public political appearance at Virginia convention to draw up new state constitution

28 June 1836: Died at home at Montpelier