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James Madison was one of the most influential individuals in the making of our country He lived a long exciting life in which he made many lasting contributions He is known as the Father of the Constitution for his critical role in drafting the US Constitution In addition to his remarkable role at the Constitutional Convention he was elected to the House of Representatives for four terms served eight years as Secretary of State and two terms as the President of the United States This writer will assess Madisons early youth role and importance in the Constitutional Convention Contributions to the creation of the Federalist Papers life as President and the War of 1812 finally this writers assessment of James Madison James Madison was born on March 16 1751 in Port Conway Virginia His family had lived in this part of the country since the mid 17th century Madison inherited the family plantation which consisted of 5000 acres and 100 slaves The main crops that were grown on his plantation were grains and tobacco Madison was the eldest of ten children born to his parents James and Eleanor Madison As a child Madison was a sickly and frail individual who was unable to take part in normal boyhood activities He spent most of his childhood reading books In adulthood Madison was 54 and only weighed 100 pounds He had a slight speech impediment which caused him to talk very softly during public speeches Madison attended the College of New Jersey now Princeton University from 1669-1671 Here he completed a four-year course in only two years While enrolled in college Madison was a member of the debate club as well as in the American Whig Society The works of such thinkers as Addison Hume Locke Newton and Voltaire influenced him After graduating Madison remained in New Jersey for an additional six months to
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