My associate and I travelled to Montpelier, Virginia, home to the fourth President of the United States, James Madison, and his dish of a wife, Dolley Madison.

Here are some fun facts about the Madisons:

1. James was the fourth president.
2. He lived in Montpelier, Virginia.
3. He married Dolley.

Some other facts:
1. Dolley was the first president’s wife to be called “First Lady,” since the previous three presidents could not land a broad even if they were the most powerful men in the country (or they had already done so but they had died). She served as first lady for 16 years, first while Madison was Secretary of State, then when he was President of the United States. Of which he was the fourth.
2. Madison was between 5’4″ to 5’6″, which earned him the nickname “Little Jimmy” by Dolley. I’m not making this up.
3. Check out her rack! BAM!
4. Apparently Dolley’s no-good son from her first marriage ruined her financially, but everyone loved her so much that she lived off the good charity of the political and social elite in DC until she died of radiation poisoning.
5. The house is being restored back to how it was during the Madison presidency, which involves removing rooms and chipping off pink stucco. Along with the house, Montpelier has a natural growth forest (untouched woods except for the paths and homes and things inside it), a garden, two cemeteries, and a horse track. I’m not making that up, either.
6.James Madison haunts the natural growth forest on his property at night. By day he sits near the window and reads.

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