James Madison, "Father of the Constitution" and fourth president of the United States, was born here at Port Conway on 16 March 1751, in a house that no longer stands. His mother, Eleanor Conway Madison, was visiting her family at their plantation, Belle Grove. Madison was raised in Orange County and inherited Montpelier, his father's estate there. Madison served in the Virginia House of Delegates, Continental Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, and as Pres. Thomas Jefferson's secretary of state. He advocated religious freedom, drafted the Bill of Rights, and was president during the War of 1812. He died in 1836.