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In 1776 Madison helped frame the Virginia Constitution and is credited for being the principal framer of the US Constitution, thus earning him the ” Father of the Constitution.”  Elected to the Continental Congress in 1780, he attended the convention of 1787.
Madison was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State in 1801 and helped with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Madison was elected President of the United States for two terms, retiring in 1817 to his plantation.


“The United States while they wish for war with no nation, will buy peace with none.”

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”

“Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.”

“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

“If we are to be one nation in any respect, it clearly ought to be in respect to other Nations.”

“Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.”

“If “men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

“The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated.”

“The means of defiance angst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.”

“The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.”

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

“The censorial power is in the people over the government, and not in the government over the people.”

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”