James Madison: Most Influential Founding Fathers

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James Madison

James Madison was an American politician who became our fourth president. He was one of the most influential founding fathers, because he did more than any other founding father. Madison drafted most of the Constitution, wrote the bill of rights, and co-founded the Democratic-Republican party with Thomas Jefferson.

James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 and grew up his father's plantation called, Montpelier in Orange County, Virginia. James was the oldest of 12 children but was always the quietest person in the room. At a young age, James was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological disorder, that made him weak and frail. Despite having this condition, it never stopped James from moving forward in his life. In 1769, Madison got accepted into the College of New Jersey, which is now Princeton. There he studied Latin, Greek, science, and philosophy and graduated in 1771.

After graduation, James had got elected to the Orange County Committee of Safety and later joined the Virginia militia as a colonel. Though James didn’t enjoy the life as a colonel and decided to become a politician and found out that he was a much better writer than he was a fighter. After much research, James believed that America needed a stronger federal government. In 1787 James represented
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James had helped a lot in the ratifying process by writing many essays persuading people that they need a new government. The constitution was ratified in 1788 and became put in use the following year. Madison had then got elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked on the Bill of Rights: The first ten amendments to the US Constitution. The Bill of Rights were ratified in 1791.Soon after the constitution was put into use, James and Thomas Jefferson found that they were disagreeing a lot with federalist on key issues, so James Madison and Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic- Republican Party
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