- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

ORANGE, Va. (AP) James Madison, often overlooked as one of the nation's Founding Fathers, finally got his day in the sun.
The U.S. Postal Service released a new stamp Thursday commemorating the 250th anniversary of the fourth president's birth at the fall Postage Stamp Mega-Event in New York City.
James Madison University and the Postal Service held a second celebration Friday at Montpelier, the president's lifelong home in Orange.
"The Postal Service is very proud to recognize James Madison and his achievements," New York District Postmaster Vinnie Malloy said as he dedicated the stamp. "The James Madison stamp continues our commitment to enriching and preserving our nation's history through the U.S. Stamp program."
The 34-cent stamp shows Madison with Montpelier in the background. It also includes Madison's signature and dates of birth and death.
Some 32 million stamps were printed, and hundreds of people lined up after the ceremony at Montpelier to be among the first to get them.
Gary and Jerrie Burton came all the way from Montgomery, Ala.
"I'm a Jefferson enthusiast and the relationship between them [Madison and Jefferson] was obviously great," Gary Burton said as he waited in line.
Known as the "Father of the Constitution," Madison helped create the document and ensure it was ratified.
He also played a leading role in creating and passing the Bill of Rights. He served as Jefferson's secretary of state for eight years before becoming president.
During Madison's administration, war with Britain broke out in 1812. In 1814, British soldiers burned the White House, and the president and first lady made a narrow escape.

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