Known as the “Father of the Constitution” and the “Father of the Bill of Rights,” Madison worked closely with President George Washington to establish the government of our fledgling nation.
Mentored by Thomas Jefferson, Madison was a co-founder of the Democratic-Republican party.
When Jefferson became president, Madison served as his Secretary of State and was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the country.
Madison was President of the United States, and thus Commander in Chief, during the War of 1812. He was a good president and his wife, Dolley, was instrumental in establishing a welcoming environment in the White House and creating the role of First Lady.
After two terms as president, Madison remained active in political life, and in spite of failing health, served as President of the University of Virginia.
James Madison died in 1836 at age 85, the last of the “Founding Fathers.” We honor him for his unique role as a framer and defender of the Constitution of the United States of America.
As President Madison’s birthday is this week, we will be learning about his life and legacy. Learning stories from James Madison's life is great for kids and adults, especially anyone who has ever felt small, weak, quiet, or shy. You can still change the world!