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Madison, James (1749-1812)

Madison, James (1749-1812)
Variant Name
Madison, Bishop (James)
Historical Note
The Right Reverend James Madison (August 27, 1749 - March 6, 1812) was the first bishop of the Diocese of Virginia of the Episcopal Church, USA. He was also a student (1770-1772), professor of philosophy (1772-1775), and president (1777-1812) of the College of William and Mary. Madison was born near Staunton, Virginia, Madison was a cousin of President James Madison. He graduated in 1771 from the College of William and Mary and was admitted to the bar, though he did not practice law. Madison taught philosophy and mathematics at the college from 1773 to 1775, when he went to England to be ordained a priest of the Church of England. In 1777, he was elected president of William and Mary, serving until his death in 1812. Madison served as chaplain of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1777 and organized his students into a militia company. He presided over the first convention of the Diocese of Virginia in 1785 and was consecrated bishop on September 19, 1790, in Canterbury, England.

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Records or Manuscript Collections
Bishop James Madison Letter Concerning Eastern State Hospital, 1788 October 31
Bishop James Madison Map of Virginia, 1818
Bishop James Madison Collection, 1776, 1795, 1787, 1807
Bishop James Madison Papers, 1777-1812
Bishop James Madison Letter to James Breckenridge, 1805
James M. Owens Collection of Madison Family Material, 1776-1953
Petition of the President and Professors, 1787
Office of the President. James Madison Records, 1775-1979
Digital Content
Transcription of a Letter from Bishop James Madison to William H. Cabell