James Madison

By: Abby Rautmann

Who Was James Madison?

He became an American president, and a founding father of the United States. Elected president in 1808, Madison continued his struggle to find peace in a world at war. Unfortunately, ineffective policies, disagreement within his party, and Cabinet restructuring would weaken Madison's power as president. He was only 30 when he became president. Madison was a very good president.
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Family and Younger Life

James Madison lived all his life (except for his presidential years) in the beautiful county of Orange, Virginia, on a 5,000-acre plantation that produced tobacco and grains and was worked by perhaps one hundred slaves. He was schooled at home and then went to New Jersey Princeton. He was very smart, and took his studies very seriously. Madison learned Latin and Greek. He admired writers and thinkers like John Locke (1632–1704), Isaac Newton (1642–1727), Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), and others. Madison was a founding member of the American Whig Society, a debating club in Princeton.

My Reaction

I think that James Madison was a very important person in the creation of the U.S. I think that it would be very cool to be in his position. I always wanted to meet him. He would have been a very cool guy, but he would be very intelligent and strict. Madison was a great president and helped out our country.
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