James Madison: A Brief Biography

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James Madison was born on March 16 1751 in port Conway, Virginia in the home of his grandmother as the eldest of twelve children. Madison was very intelligent and studied arithmetic and geography, Latin and Greek, acquired a reading knowledge of French, and began to study algebra and geometry. Madison later graduated from the college of new jersey with a bachelor’s degree in 1771. Through the next winter, he overworked himself fitting two years of study into one studying Hebrew and ethics.
The articles of confederation were called under revision at the federal convention. When the constitution was proposed in Philadelphia, it contained very few individual rights guarantees, and the anti federalists who opposed such a strong, central government
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