Historical Period: The 18th Century
James Madison (1751-1836) was a member of the Virginia legislature in 1776-80 and 1784-86, of the Continental Congress in 1780-83, and of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, where he earned the title “father of the U. S. Constitution.” He was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1789 to 1797, where he was a sponsor of the Bill of Rights and an opponent of Hamilton’s financial measures. He was the author of the Virginia Resolutions of 1798 in opposition to the U. S. alien and sedition laws. He was U. S. secretary of state in 1801-09, President of the U. S. in 1809-17, and rector of the University of Virginia, 1826-36.
Quotes from James Madison:
- James Madison on the Parchment Barriers II
- James Madison on the mischievous effects of mutable government
- James Madison on the Parchment Barriers I
- James Madison on “the most noble of all ambitions” which a government can have, of promoting peace on earth
- James Madison on the necessity of separating the power of “the sword from the purse”
- James Madison on the “sagacious and monied few” who are able to “harvest” the benefits of government regulations
Titles from James Madison:
- Author: BOLL 35: James Madison, “The Utility of the Union As a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection” (1788)
- Author: The Federalist (Gideon ed.)
- Author: Outlines of American Political Economy, in a series of letters (1827)
- Author: The Pacificus-Helvidius Debates of 1793-1794
- Author: The Writings of James Madison, 9 vols.