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James Madison Statue.

Statue # 4: James Madison

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Rapid City, South Dakota

America's littlest President, James Madison (1809-1817) is an easy one to miss among Rapid City's street corner Chief Executives, especially since the other three in his intersection -- Jefferson, Ford, and Clinton -- are all six-footers. Madison's statue is popular with visitors, who pose with it to show that they're taller than a famous U.S. President.

Historians have judged Madison to be America's most intellectual President -- he wrote most of the U.S. Constitution -- so sculptor Lee Leuning depicted him carrying a big reference book with his finger wedged into it as a placeholder.

Amazing Arcana of the Presidents

Madison always dressed completely in black, hoping to set an example of economy for his deadbeat relatives and spendthrift children. It didn't work.

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City of Presidents

Since 2000, Rapid City has commissioned and installed bronze statues of every former U.S. President on its downtown street corners. Visitors are encouraged to take a walking tour of the City of Presidents and inspect the nation's metallic Commanders in Chief. Paper guides are available year-round at the city's main Visitor Center at 512 Main St.

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Also see: America's Street Corner Presidents

Statue # 4: James Madison

700 St Joseph St., Rapid City, SD
Downtown. Northwest corner of St Joseph and 7th Sts.
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Statue #38: Gerald FordStatue #38: Gerald Ford, Rapid City, SD - < 1 mi.
Statue # 3: Thomas JeffersonStatue # 3: Thomas Jefferson, Rapid City, SD - < 1 mi.
Statue #42: Bill ClintonStatue #42: Bill Clinton, Rapid City, SD - < 1 mi.
In the region:
City of Presidents Info Center, Rapid City, SD - < 1 mi.

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