Third Amendment to the Constitution

BY: Hunter Nelson

Quartering of Soldiers

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


The Third Amendment was introduced in Congress in 1789 by James Madison as a part of the Unites States Bill of Rights. Congress proposed the amendment to the states on September 28, 1789, and by December 15, 1791, the necessary three-quarters of the states had ratified it. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson announced the adoption of the amendment on March 1, 1792.

The Third Amendment was introduced to protect citizens’ rights to the ownership and use of their property without the government intruding. The reason it was thought of is because many of the colonists were resentful of laws that were in place before the Revolutionary War which allowed British soldiers to take over the homes of any colonist for their own use.

The United States Constitution