Background Born 3-16-1751 Born near Port Conway Virginia Family were tobacco farmers Owned an estate called Montpelier
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
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
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
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
Philadelphia Convention Present every day of the convention Kept meticulous notes Spoke nearly 200 times Helped convince Washington to attend
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
Founding Father Was a framer Glue that held together many relationships Advisor to Washington Colleague to Hamilton Confidant of Jefferson Adversary of Patrick Henry
Political Views Was a Federalist Believedin a strong central government Long time proponent of religious freedom Founder of the modern day Democratic Party
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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