Troy Sponsler's Colonial Figure: James Madison
Updated: 12/19/2019
Troy Sponsler's Colonial Figure: James Madison
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  • James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution!"
  • I may not have been on the battlefields of the war, but I still played a huge part in the creation of America!
  • Early Life
  • I started as nothing but a lowly farmer, and worked my way into one of the most important positions in early America.
  • American Revolution
  • I was a brilliant political player, but I did not make a good general. I quickly resigned, to make room for someone who knew how to handle an army.
  • James Madison, sometimes referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," because he helped to write and draft the important documents in the founding of America.
  • Political Views...
  • I created some of the first drafts of the Constitution, and contributed my ideas as to how the government should be run.
  • He was raised on a plantation in Orange County, Virginia, as the oldest of twelve children. When he was 18, he went off to study at the College of New Jersey, (now called Princeton University.)
  • ...Political Views (Continued)
  • Even after America broke free from Britain, there was still much to do. The states were in shambles.
  • At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served as colonel of the Orange County militia. However, he was small and sickly in stature, so he gave up the life in the military for a more political one.
  • Controversies
  • Known as the Father of the Constitution, Madison wrote about how the federal government should be run. He also created the first drafts of the Constitution.
  • He drafted the Bill of Rights, a document that outlines each individual's personal freedoms and included the first ten amendments. He also created the Federalist Papers, which supported the ratification of the constitution among the states. He co-founded the Democratic Republican Party, along with Thomas Jefferson.
  • When he served as the fourth president of the United States, Madison led the controversial War of 1812 against Britain.
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