Stairwell Room: 
The Treaty of Paris at Annapolis Wall

James Madison (1751-1836)

Artist: Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), c. 1792
Medium: Oil on canvas
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

James Madison 

James Madison, A Fellow Virginian

James Madison was not in Annapolis for George Washington’s resignation, but he visited the city many times, including in 1790 when he made a notable trip up into the State House dome with Thomas Jefferson. Madison was also a wealthy plantation owner in Virginia and was a friend of both Washington and Jefferson. He became the fourth president of the United States in 1809 and served until 1817, throughout the War of 1812.

Madison is known as the “Father of the United States Constitution” for his role as its principal author. He was also instrumental in authoring the Bill of Rights.



KEy Images on the

James Madison
Marquis de Lafayette
Thomas Jefferson
Sketch of the Maryland State House
The United States of America, Confirmed by Treaty 1783
Peace Commissioners

Key Documents on the Wall

Willianm Paca Proclamation
Announcing the Peace
Treaty of Paris

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

John Shaw # 1 Des