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1998 Speaker - John Douglas Hall

portraying President James Madison

The pre-eminent James Madison impersonator in the nation, Mr. John Douglas Hall left his native Connecticut in 1981 to move to Washington, D.C., where he began life as a performer at Gadsby’s Tavern, an eatery in Old Town Alexandria where Madison himself once dined. While working there in 1986, he was approached by members of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution to portray Madison for the donation of Montpelier to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. With this initial acceptance began Hall’s career depicting our nation’s fourth President.

Now in his twenty-first year as a Madison impersonator, Hall has performed at special events, scholastic forums, and re-creations nationwide, as well as throughout Europe. As the official impersonator for James Madison University and Montpelier, Hall bears a strong physical resemblance to his presidential counterpart, as well as a deep knowledge of Madison’s life and viewpoints.

Mr. Hall received his degree in Political Science from Earlham College and has taught a course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.