James Madison was author of the first ten amendments because of this he was known as the father of the bill of rights. Madison faithfully believed in a system of checks and balances. He also helped form the idea of a republic. He thought checks an balances could help keep liberty in a large republic. He believed in a robust yet balanced federal government. Madison liked the idea of having a strong central government. He helped create the democratic republican party.
The Wealth of Nations
James Madison got several ideas about how the American government should work from this book. Most of the ideas he got were about foreign affairs and trade with other countries.