James Madison: Father of the Constitution

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James Madison: Father of the Constitution Unit Study - This March marks the 266th birthday celebration of the 4th President of the United States, James Madison.

This March marks the 266th birthday celebration of the 4th President of the United States, James Madison.

I have to tell you I’ve really been enjoying this famous birthdays series. I’ve learned so much by gathering resources for you, I hope you are too!

Quick Facts About the 4th American President

James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway VA. Madison attended Princeton University, studied Law and graduated early. He later served 2 consecutive terms as President of the United States from 1809-He died on June 28, 1836 at the age of 85 and is buried in Montpelier VA.

A Brief Biography

James Madison’s Greatest Accomplishments

He played a major role in the creation of the Constitution and wrote the The Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments to the Constitution). He wrote or co-wrote 29 of the 85 articles and essays known as the The Federalist Papers, promoting the ratification of the Constitution. During his presidency, he declared war on Brittain which later lead to the war of 1812.


James Madison lived during a time of great history makers. Some of his contemporaries include German composer and pianist Ludwig Van Beetoven, Austrian composer Franz Schubert, British author Charles Dickens; as well as some history makers we learned about in recent months, including John Adams, Marquis de Lafayette and Abraham Lincoln

More About of James Madison

Movies and Documentaries

James Madison videos from History.com

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Season 1, Episode 4

Books and Online Resources

James Madison and the Making of America – This was a quick and interesting read, probably more suitable for older audiences due to the complexity of political themes.

James Madison Writings: Writing 1772-1836 – A good collection of Madison’s works. There’s so much here, I’ve only just started reading this one.

The Great Little Madison (Unforgettable Americans) – This one should arrive any day. We’ve enjoyed other works by Jean Fritz (Brady, Hamilton and Paul revere), I’m sure this one won’t disappoint.

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Miller Center – Quick fact sheet including members of his administration.

10 Things You May Not Know About James Madison

16 Fun facts for James Madison’s Birthday

Madison Photo Gallery

Your turn: Do you have any James Madison resources to share?

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