The Contributions Of James Madison

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James Madison was born into a prominent family in 1751 and was raised in Orange County, Virginia. In his life, he was a member of the Second Continental Congress, secretary of state, the president of the United States, an ally of Thomas Jefferson in forming the Democratic-Republican Party, and he helped write the United States Constitution. He went to the College of New Jersey, which is present-day Princeton University. In 1772, Madison was, as he later said, “under very early and strong impressions in favor of liberty both civil and religious.” He was elected by Orange County to the Virginia convention in Williamsburg, and Madison supported Virginia’s declaration of independence there. He became a member of the committee to organize a Declaration of Rights and plan of government. He wanted there to be a disestablishment of state church, and this led the legislative to adopt the amendment that gave all men the right to free exercise of religion. In April of 1787, Madison published “Vices of the Political System of the United States” where he agreed that there should be a stronger national government. He went to the Constitutional Convention that summer where the delegates decided to draft a new constitution instead of revising the Articles of Confederation. At the convention, Madison took extremely thorough notes that gave a full record of the proceedings and that were later published. Before going to the convention, he wrote the “Virginia Plan,” which recommended an…

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