James Madison (1753-1836) – 4TH President of the United States, 1809-1817
James Madison was an American statesman and political theorist. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being influential in the drafting of the U. S. Constitution and as the key champion and author of the U. S. Bill of Rights. Madison helped form the Democratic-Republican Party with Thomas Jefferson, and later became Jefferson’s Secretary of State, where he helped with the supervision of the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the nation’s size. As President, he led the nation through the War of 1812 and into the Era of Good Feelings, a time of peace and prosperity.
In his Will, Madison gave fifteen hundred dollars to the University of Virginia, one thousand dollars to the College at Nassau Hall in Princeton, New Jersey, and one thousand dollars to the College at Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He also donated his entire library to the University of Virginia. While the monetary gifts may seem small today, during Madison’s life the gifts were extremely generous.
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