James Madison (1749-1812)

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Bishop James Madison

The Right Reverend James Madison (1749 - 1812) was the first bishop of the Diocese of Virginia of the Episcopal Church, USA. He was also a student (1770-1772) "Provisional List of Alumni", professor of philosophy (1772-1775), and president (1777-1812) of the College of William and Mary.

Madison was born near Staunton, Virginia on August 27, 1749, the son of John Madison and Agatha Strother. He was a cousin of U.S. President James Madison (1751-1836). He studied law under George Wythe and was admitted to the bar though he did not practice law. Madison taught natural 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 during the American Revolution. He presided over the first convention of the Diocese of Virginia in 1785 and was consecrated bishop on September 19, 1790, in Canterbury, England. He died on March 6, 1812, and is buried under the Wren Chapel at the College of William and Mary.

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Preceded by College of William and Mary President Succeeded by
John Camm

1771 - 1777

James Madison

1777 - 1812

John Bracken

1812 - 1814

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