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James Madison, Jr.

James Madison, Jr.

Male 1751 - 1836  (85 years)

 

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Constitution of the United States (first page)

James Madison is referred to as the "Father of the Constitution" due to his pivotal role the development of this document. During the course of the Convention, Madison spoke over two hundred times, and his fellow delegates rated him highly. William Pierce wrote that "... every Person seems to acknowledge his greatness. In the management of every great question he evidently took the lead in the Convention ... he always comes forward as the best informed Man of any point in debate." Madison recorded the unofficial minutes of the convention, and these have become the only comprehensive record of what occurred.


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