Events in American history

People from that time frame

James Madison

James Madison (1751-1836 ), the 4th president of the United States, is most famous for his work on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He was also president during the War of 1812.
In 1780, Madison became a member of the Continental Congress. After the Revolutionary War was over, Madison took a lead role at the Philadelphia Convention. Although the original intent of the convention was to update the Articles of Confederation, Madison led the charge to develop a full constitution and create the US federal government. Madison served four terms in the United States Congress. During that time he helped the Bill of Rights get passed into law, protecting the basic rights of citizens. Later, he became the Secretary of State for his friend Thomas Jefferson.

John Marshall

When he was a kid, John's father was friends with George Washington and John became inspired by Washington's leadership. John soon joined the Continental Army where he fought in several battles. John also was very interested in politics. In 1782, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Then, he attended the Virginia state convention that ratified the Constitution. John strongly supported replacing the Articles of the Confederation with the new Constitution and led the fight to get the new Constitution ratified.
In 1799, Marshall was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1801, the position of Chief Justice opened up in the Supreme Court and John Adams appointed Marshall until his death in 1835.