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James madison

  1. 1. James MadisonChris Genung
  2. 2. Background Born 3-16-1751 Born near Port Conway Virginia Family were tobacco farmers Owned an estate called Montpelier
  3. 3. Education Sent to boarding school at an early age Due to concerns about illness did not attend William & Mary University Attended Princeton (at the time known as the College of New Jersey) Studied Law and other liberal arts
  4. 4. Career James Madison might be the first American career politician Was a land owner but had little business interests Held a variety of public offices in Virginia
  5. 5. Pre-Constitution Politics Served as Virginia state legislator (1776- 79) Youngest member of the Continental Congress Elected again to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1784
  6. 6. Father of the Constitution Madison was frustrated with the inaugural form of American Government Pushed for a new system with Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson (through dialogue), and others “Mastermind” behind the Virginia Plan
  7. 7. Philadelphia Convention Present every day of the convention Kept meticulous notes Spoke nearly 200 times Helped convince Washington to attend
  8. 8. The Federalist Papers Helped John Jay and Alexander Hamilton write the Federalist Papers Believed to be responsible for papers: 10, 14, 37–58 and 62–63
  9. 9. Founding Father Was a framer Glue that held together many relationships Advisor to Washington Colleague to Hamilton Confidant of Jefferson Adversary of Patrick Henry
  10. 10. Political Views Was a Federalist  Believedin a strong central government  Long time proponent of religious freedom  Founder of the modern day Democratic Party
  11. 11. Politics Had a contentious relationship with other founders at times Became a political enemy of Alexander Hamilton later in life Patrick Henry tried to exclude him from the ratification process

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