(June 1763 – October 14, 1816) was the sixth Governor of Kentucky
. He was the first governor of Kentucky to die in office, serving only a few weeks in 1816. Little is known of Madison's early life. He was a member of the influential Madison family of Virginia
, and was a second cousin to President James Madison
. He served with distinction in three wars – the Revolutionary War
, Northwest Indian War
, and War of 1812
. He was twice wounded in the Northwest Indian War, and in the War of 1812 he was taken prisoner following the Battle of Frenchtown
Madison's political experience before becoming governor consisted solely of a twenty-year tenure as state auditor. Although his military service made him extremely popular in Kentucky, he sought no higher office until the citizens insisted he run for governor in 1816. James Johnson
, his only challenger in the race, dropped out early due to Madison's overwhelming popularity, and Madison was elected without opposition. A few weeks later, he became the first Kentucky governor to die in office. Opponents of his lieutenant governor
, Gabriel Slaughter
, mounted a popular but unsuccessful challenge to Slaughter's succeeding Madison in office.
George Madison was born in June 1763 in the portion of Augusta County, Virginia
that eventually became Rockingham County
. His parents were John and Agatha (Strother) Madison. His brother James
became the Episcopal bishop
of Virginia and the president of William and Mary......