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30 August 2014 President James Madison was born March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia. James Madison was the 4th president and also known as one of the founding fathers of our great nation. James Madison’s father, James Madison Sr., acquired his wealth through inheritance and also by his marriage to Nelly Conway, the daughter of a wealthy tobacco merchant. Surrounded by seven younger siblings who looked up to him, James Madison read a pleather of books and took up an interest in classical languages. By the time James Madison started at the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University, James Madison had conquered Latin and Greek. He completed his college courses in two years but stayed on at the College of New Jersey for another semester to tackle philosophy and Hebrew. At Montpelier in 1772, Madison studied law at home but he did not have a passion for it. In 1774, he took a seat on the local Committee of Safety, a group that oversaw the local military. This was the first step in a life of public service that his family 's wealth allowed him to pursue. At the age of twenty-nine, James Madison became the youngest member of the Continental Congress, and within a year, James Madison had emerged as a respected leader of the body. It was because of his hard work and understanding of the issues. No one ever came more prepared than Madison. For three years, he argued strongly for legislation to strengthen the loose confederacy of former colonies, contending that military victory required vesting power in a central government. Most of his appeals were beaten down by independent-minded delegates who feared the emergence of a monarchical authority after the war. Along with Jefferson, the young Virginian persuaded his home state to give up its western lands, which extended to the Mississippi River. After this James Madison returned to the Virginia House of
Cited: James Madison - People - Department History - Office of the Historian. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/madison-james Miller Center. (n.d.). American President: James Madison. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from http://millercenter.org/president/madison Papers of James Madison, University of Virginia. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.virginia.edu/pjm/oped-stagg.htm Stagg., J.C.A. Mr. Madison’s War: Politics, Diplomacy, and Warfare in the Early American Republic, 1783-1830. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983.