Who is James Madison?

  • (noun): 4th President of the United States; member of the Continental Congress and rapporteur at the Constitutional Convention in 1776; helped frame the Bill of Rights (1751-1836).
    Synonyms: Madison, President Madison

James Madison

James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 (O.S. March 5) – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and political theorist, the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817). He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights. He served as a politician much of his adult life. Like other Virginia statesmen in the slave society, he was a slaveholder and part of the élite; he inherited his plantation known as Montpelier, and owned hundreds of slaves during his lifetime to cultivate tobacco and other crops.

Read more about James Madison.

Some articles on James Madison:

James Madison, Sr. - Biography - American Revolutionary War
... During the American Revolution, Madison served as chairman of the Orange County Committee of Safety ...
List Of Presidents Of The United States By Other Elected Offices Held - Federal Government - Executive Branch - Ambassadors
... to France Continental Congress 1785–1789 James Monroe Minister Plenipotentiary to France George Washington 1794–1796 Minister to Britain Thomas Jefferson 1803–1807 Served under Secretary of State ...
Second Inauguration Of James Madison
... The second inauguration of James Madison as the fourth President of the United States was held on Thursday, March 4, 1813, in the House chamber of the U.S ... marked the commencement of the second four-year term of James Madison as President and the only term (which lasted approximately one and a half years) of Elbridge Gerry as Vice President ... Chief Justice, administered the oath of office to Madison ...
Castle Hill (Virginia) - History
... music-loving Jefferson once played the violin, while the still younger Madison danced ... Presidents and historic figures including George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson, Robert E ... Lee, James Buchanan, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster ...
Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player Of The Year
... The first award, the only tie, was given to Dan Ruland of James Madison and Carlos Yates of George Mason ... Steve Hood of James Madison, Odell Hodge of Old Dominion, Brett Blizzard of UNCW, Eric Maynor of Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), and Charles Jenkins of ... An early member still in the conference, James Madison, also has three winners, as does 2001 arrival Hofstra, giving those two schools the most winners among current CAA ...

Famous quotes containing the words james madison, madison and/or james:

    The powers of the federal government ... result from the compact to which the states are parties, [and are] limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact.
    James Madison (1751–1836)

    The proposed Constitution ... is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both.
    —James Madison (1751–1836)

    Mankind’s common instinct for reality ... has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life’s supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand, no matter what a man’s frailties otherwise may be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more if he suffer it heroically, in the service he has chosen, the fact consecrates him forever.
    —William James (1842–1910)