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James Madison: The Father Of The Constitution

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James Madison was born in 1751; he was the oldest of 12 children. He was from a wealthy Virginian family. James was a small child and was not healthy or rambunctious; he spent a lot of time reading. He was married later in life to Dolley Payne Todd and had no children. Madison attended the College of New Jersey which later took the name of Princeton University; he took a liking to history and politics, that opened bigger doors for the soon to be president of the United States.
In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified; while a member of the Virginia State Legislature, Madison helped create the Virginia State Constitution. He also went on to becoming a very important part of ...view middle of the document...

In 1791, 10 of those originally drafted amendments been ratified by enough states to become part of the U.S. Constitution. These amendments guarantee the individual rights as a citizen, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press.

In 1787 a meeting was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called the Constitutional Convention, were Madison a state delegate for Virginia proved to be an important contributor to the constitution. Madison was a federalist and many of the Anti Federalist did not agree with the new government plan that was being debated on. He argued and presented essays about citizens voting for government representatives to will then vote on laws, he also wrote to separate government into three branches, legislative, judicial and executive and the creation of checks and balance system to prevent abuse of government power. Which were called the “Federalist Papers”.
In 1789, the Constitution was being ratified creating the new plan for government. Madison wrote the Bill of Rights, to appease the Anti-Federalist and the delegates of the 13 states. However, 9 of the 13 states agreed and in 1790 the remaining states ratified the constitution. This is when Madison earned the name “Father of the Constitution” by many. Madison was impartial to the Federalist but he did not agree with the creation of National Bank, he thought it to be unconstitutional. He also claimed that the government was limiting free speech. Madison along with Thomas Jefferson created a...

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