About James MadisonPresident James Madison

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Our school is named for James Madison, 4th President of the United States of America, and called the "Father of the Constitution."

Born March 16, 1751, Madison was brought up in Orange County, Virginia, and attended Princeton (then called the College of New Jersey). A student of history and government, well-read in law, he participated in the framing of the Virginia Constitution in 1776, served in the Continental Congress, and was a leader in the Virginia Assembly.

When delegates to the Constitutional Convention assembled at Philadelphia, the 36-year-old Madison took frequent and emphatic part in the debates. Madison made a major contribution to the ratification of the Constitution by writing, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, the Federalist essays.

In later years, when he was referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," Madison protested that the document was not "the off-spring of a single brain," but "the work of many heads and many hands."  In Congress, he helped frame the Bill of Rights and enact the first revenue legislation. Out of his leadership in opposition to Hamilton's financial proposals, which he felt would unduly bestow wealth and power upon northern financiers, came the development of the Republican, or Jeffersonian, Party.

In retirement at Montpelier, his estate in Orange County, Virginia, Madison spoke out against the disruptive states' rights influences that by the 1830's threatened to shatter the Federal Union. In a note opened after his death in 1836, he stated, "The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated."

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • He was president during the War of 1812, which his critics dubbed "Mr. Madison's War."

  • He was a central figure in the development of the United States Constitution and kept the most complete notes of anyone at the Constitutional Convention.

  •  Both of his vice presidents died in office.

  • Madison stood close to five feet five inches and weighed one hundred pounds.

  • Along with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, he was a co-author of the Federalist Papers.

  • His wife, Dolly Payne Todd, is famous for her delightful personality and social skills.

  • When he took office, there were 7 million people living in the United States.

  • "A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both."

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