Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative James Madison, Jr.

James Madison, Jr

Painting (c. 1796-1797) by James Sharples (1751 or 1752-1811)

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Life dates: 16 March 1751-28 June 1836
Place of Residence (1789): "Montpelier", Orange County, Virginia
Occupation (1789): Planter; Public Servant
Place of Birth: Port Conway, King George County, Virginia
Age (March 4, 1789): 37
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: College of New Jersey [Princeton University]
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Continental Congress
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong [though varying]
Last year of continuous service in House: 1797
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