Madison, James, 1927, Biographical Sketch
PUPIL, FRIEND and protege of Thomas Jefferson, with whom he lived during the sessions of Congress in Philadelphia, and whose Virginia home was within a day's ride of his, James Madison failed to add especial lustre to his tutelage as President. A student at Princeton College, where for months at a time he studied so assiduously that he slept only three hours out of the twenty-four, he came to the presidency in 1809, practically wrecked in health. Madison was re-elected in 1813. Standing only 5 feet, 6 1/4 inches, he was with Grant, the smallest of our Presidents. As a member of the Federal Convention, he earned for himself the title of "Father of the Constitution." Later, as a member of Congress, he was the author of the first tariff, and the law creating the State, Treasury and War Departments.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 5.
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