Madison, James - Research Article from Shaping of America, 1783-1815 Reference Library

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 20 pages of information about Madison, James.
This section contains 5,766 words
(approx. 20 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Madison, James Encyclopedia Article

Madison, James

Born March 16, 1751 (Port Conway, Virginia)

Died June 28, 1836 (Montpelier, Virginia)

U.S. president, secretary of state

Between 1780 and 1817, James Madison's overriding goal was the success of American independence. Madison directed key aspects of the formation of the new nation. At the age of twenty-nine, he produced a plan for ceding (giving up) Virginia's western land claims, a plan that prompted the successful ratification (approval) of the nation's first constitution, the Articles of Confederation. When barely thirty-five, Madison worked with the Virginia legislature to pass a document written by his friend Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826; see entry in volume 1) that provided a basis for religious freedom in America. At thirty-six, he was the chief author of the U.S. Constitution, which was adopted by the states in 1788. A year later, he pulled together suggestions by the states for additions to the Constitution; these...

(read more)

This section contains 5,766 words
(approx. 20 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Madison, James Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
UXL
Madison, James from UXL. ©2005-2006 by U•X•L. U•X•L is an imprint of Thomson Gale, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook