James Madison

Portrait by Charles Willson Peale, 1792

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BORN:
16 March 1751 at Belle Grove Plantation near Port Conway, Virginia
  DIED:
28 June 1836 at Montpelier, Virginia
Buried at Montpelier.

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Listen to Episodes 4 and 5 of Ned Ryun's podcast, History of the Constitutional Convention. Here he gives a two-part overview (in about 20 minutes) of the life of James Madison.

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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

Washington’s refusal to accept a salary for his services was emblematic of his somewhat ostentatious public virtue. He did open a public expense account, however, and some have claimed that he made money from it by overcharging Congress. In fact, the £150 per month that he requested for expenses was not just for him, but also for his entourage, which sometimes swelled to a crowd. His account books, which still exist, list charges for things like ferry fares, innkeepers’ fees, candlesticks, saddle repair, meat, fruit, mounds of cabbages and beets, and (admittedly) oceans of grog, liquor, and wine. Washington even charged Congress for fifteen shillings Cash paid a beggar by the General’s order. But although he was not averse to placing his headquarters in the occasional mansion, he otherwise made do with precious few luxuries.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)