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Head of Va.'s Montpelier Foundation takes Pa. job

Wednesday - 2/15/2012, 12:12pm  ET

ORANGE, Va. - The president of the foundation that operates James Madison's country estate is resigning after 12 years.

Montpellier Foundation says in a news release that Michael Quinn is leaving to become president and chief executive of the American Revolution Center in Philadelphia.

Quinn became head of the Montpelier Foundation in 1999. During his tenure, Montpelier completed a four-year, $25 million restoration of the Madison home. The project transformed the mansion back to its original state between 1809, when he was elected the nation's fourth president, and his death in 1836.

Executive Vice President Sean O'Brien will continue to be in charge of operations while the foundation searches for a new president.

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