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In office: March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817
Born: March 16, 1751, Port Conway, Virginia
Died: June 28, 1836 (age 85), Montpelier, Virginia
Madison, Jr. was an American politician, the fourth President of the
United States (1809–1817), and one of the Founding Fathers of the
United States. Considered to be the "Father of the
Constitution", he was the principal author of the document.
In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, still the
most influential commentary on the Constitution. The first President to
have served in the United States Congress, he was a leader in the 1st
United States Congress, drafted many basic laws and was responsible for
the first ten amendments to the Constitution (said to be based on the
Virginia Declaration of Rights), and thus is also known as the
"Father of the Bill of Rights".
As a political theorist, Madison's most distinctive belief was that
the new republic needed checks and balances to limit the powers of
special interests, which Madison called factions. He believed
very strongly that the new nation should fight against aristocracy and
corruption and was deeply committed to creating mechanisms that would
ensure republicanism in the United States.
He was the last Founding Father to die.
Where is Tim McCoy buried?
- Montpelier Estate National Historic Site, Montpelier Station,
- Mount Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan
- Highland Cemetery, Great Falls, Montana