James Madison: Father Of The US Constitution

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James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia. He was the oldest of seven children. In 1762, Madison was sent to boarding school run by Donald Robertson for 5 years straight. His father then decided to pull him out and return him to his estate called Montpelier. Having James Madison Sr. and Nellie Conway Madison as parents, they influenced Madison to attend the college of New Jersey, which is now known as Princeton University. Before his graduation, he studied Latin, Greek, science and physiology among other subjects. After Madison graduated in 1771, he decided to stick around for a little bit and contine his education with reverend, John Witherspoon. When Madison returned to Virginia in 1772, he found that he was very…show more content…
There was so much going back and forth! He was then known as the “hero,” some would say, for the separation of church and state, and getting the revised version of a document penned by Jefferson in 1777. Madison typically love to challenge himself, so he took on a government composition- the U.S. Constitution. Madison proceeded to compose the first drafts of the U.S. Constition along with the bill of rights. Many referred to him as “Father of the Constitution.” In the spring of 1787, each state sent their delegates to meet at a convention in Philadelphia to present their ideas for an effective government system. Madisons plan was called the “Virginia Plan.” This was the idea of having legislative, executive, and judicial; the three branches. This was not something easy to take on, but as I stated before, Madison loved a good challenge. Many states agreed that the constitution gave the government too much power, which made it difficult to get 9 out of 13 states to ratify the constitution. At the time, there were just too many anti-federalists ganging up on Madison. In the summer of 1787, he successfully got members of the constitutional convention to sign the U.S. constitution. After all of his hard work and dedication, Madison was elected to the newly formed U.S. house of representatives, and served from 1789 to…show more content…
He married Dolley Payne Todd when he was 43, as she was 26, and had one son. The married couple were together for a whole 41 years, and were reportedly attached by the hip. Dolley would have dinner parties to entertain Madisons guests while they would meet for important government meetings. Many would say family and friends played a huge role in James Madison’s success. His best friend, Jefferson, appointed Madison secretary of state after being elected the third president of the United States. He did so many good things while in office that he was elected the fourth chief executive of the United States in the presidential election in 1808.Madison started the war of 1812 also known as “Mr. Madisons War,” which did not seem like the best idea, considering he was one of the few in favor of the war. Madison still continued to run for re-election nd won, but was later forced to leave Washington, D.C. in reason of british troop invading and burning buildings such as the white house. In 1817, Madison went back to his Virginia plantation in Montpeiler to be with his wife. While practically being retired, he ws not forgotten by anyone. Everyone respectfully thought of madison as the founding father of the U.S. who shaped our country. He is best remembered for his part in the constitutional convention when he presented his “Virginia Plan.” It showed everyone how brave and confident Madison was, and how much he cared about
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