James Madison Portrait of James Madison. Engraved by William A. Wilmer from a print by David Edwin "after the original Portrait by Gilbert Stuart".

James Madison

James Madison was the 4th President of the United States. He was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, and served as President from 1809 to 1817. He was married to Dolley Madison.

The autograph for the Madison section of the Autograph Book is found on a land grant where Thomas Jefferson signed as President, and James Madison cosigned as Secretary of State. This grant gives 321 acres and 80 perches of land to Jonathan Eddy, who was a colonel in the Continental Army. Eddy led an unsuccessful attempt to invade invade Nova Scotia at the Battle of Fort Cumberland. He was driven from Canada, and spent the remainder of the war in what is now Maine.

Eddy was given a tract of land as a reward for his role, and this document provides valuable details about that property. The acres Eddy received was in an area once called the U.S. Government Refugee Tract, comprised 103,527 acres of wilderness in what is now central Ohio, in the area of modern-day Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, and Perry Counties.

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James Madison The land grant was signed by President Jefferson, and Secretary of State Madison on May 7, 1802.

James Madison The land grant reads: Know Ye, that in pursuance of the act of Congress passed on the eighteenth day of February, 1801, entitled "An Act regulating the grants of Land appropriated for the Refugees from the British Provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia" there is granted unto Jonathan Eddy, a certain tract of land estimated to contain Three hundred twenty one acres and eighty Perches being half Section Number forty one TK in Township Number five and Range twenty two of the lands set apart and reserved for the purpose of satisfying the claims of the Refugees aforesaid.

James Madison Government "sunburst" paper-seal impressed with eagle symbol.