James Madison: Father of the Constitution

James Madison Jr. (March 16 [O.S. March 5], 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Born into a prominent Virginia planting family, Madison served as … Read more

The Federalists and the Constructionist Views During the Years of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

The premise of strict construction versus loose constructionism was a prominent view of the Constitution which would ultimately split the nation into two separate political entities. The Federalists were champions of a strong national government with a loose interpretation of the Constitution, whereas the Republicans were champions of state and local governments with supposedly strict … Read more