February 17, 1808
In a speech at the Eagle tavern in Frankfort Kentucky, Clay announced that Jefferson had previously declined his nomination for the Presidential Chair. In an effort to persuade his Kentucky citizens, Clay suggests the nomination of James Madison, who, like Jefferson, bestowed the same leadership quality. His patriotism, his integrity, his superior talents, his uniform adherence to liberty, and his knowledge are according to Clay the qualities to look for in the new candidate.
James Madison (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was born and grew up in Virginia, studied classical languages, rhetoric and political studies in Princeton University. He became U.S. fourth President.