Thursday 29 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 4: James Madison

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

With his bits flapping, it's James Madison (1751-1836), the fourth President of the United States. Facts are as follows:


Born 16th March 1751, Port Conway, Virginia
Died 28th June 1836, Orange, Virginia

Presidential Term 4th March 1809 - 4th March 1817

James Madison is remembered as the Father of the US Constitution. While he was not responsible for writing the entire document, he was a central figure in its production. Madison was also a significant author of the Bill of Rights (1791).

The most notable event of the Madison Presidency was the war of 1812, With England seemingly completely unwilling to stop attacking American ships, the United States declared war. They initially suffered heavy losses, ceding the city of Detroit without a shot having been fired and seeing several key buildings in Washington D.C., including the White House, burn down. However, they quickly consolidated their position thanks to their naval strength and the British were defeated at the Battle of Lake Erie. The war petered out as a stalemate by 1814 and Britain gave Detroit back in the end. Which was civil of them.

Two States joined the Union during the Madison Presidency: Louisiana (1812) and Indiana (1816). These were the eighteenth and nineteenth admissions.

James Madison remains the shortest of the 43 Presidents of the United States, standing at 1.63 metres (or 5 feet 4 inches), a full five centimetres (two inches) shorter than the next shortest President, Martin Van Buren. Maybe his mother was a smoker, who knows?

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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