James Madison’s Romantic Lesson

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jamesmadison2 James Madison, looking much more imposing than the small-in-stature man he was in real life.

James Madison, a bachelor of 43, had a history of romantic disappointment.

The Non-Imposing Jemmy Madison

James Madison (1751-1836) was a man of small physical stature, anywhere between 5′ and 5’6″ tall, depending on which sources you espouse. But no source indicates him at more than 125 pounds, thus making him slight, as well as short. Obviously aware of his lack of physical presence, he nevertheless pursued a few romantic opportunities early in his life. Unsurprisingly, he was turned down.

young-madison-maybe Said to be a portrait of the young James Madison. Maybe. There is a resemblance.

Madison came from a well-respected and wealthy central Virginia planter family, the eldest of many siblings. His father sent him to the College of New Jersey (Princeton) for his education. He was a remarkably astute student, and eventually awarded today’s…

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