Madison's 262nd Birthday Marked at Montpelier

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MONTPELIER STATION, Va. (AP) - It's the 262nd birthday of James Madison and his Montpelier property is open to visitors.

Orange County celebrated the father of the Constitution with free admission to the grounds of his home and a wreath-laying ceremony. James Madison University's new president, Jonathan Alger, spoke at the ceremony in honor of the nation's fourth president.

Madison spent his childhood at Montpelier and he retired there with the first lady in 1817. In retirement, the presidential couple managed the slave-run plantation, entertained hundreds of visitors and jointly edited Madison's significant political papers, including his notes on the Constitutional Convention.

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