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Definition: Fourth president, signer of the Constitution, writer of The Federalist Papers, leader of the Democratic-Republican Party. He is probably most famous, however, for his draft of the Virginia Plan (the basis for our republican government), his insistence on a Bill of Rights, and his notes of the Constitutional Convention. As president, he presided over the War of 1812, which the United States won.

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The War of 1812
Find out more about this second war with Great Britain, which his opponents called "Mr. Madison's War."

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Constitutional Questions
Find out more about Madison's role in the passing of the Constitution and other, more general, information.

James Madison: His Legacy
This site, from the university that bears his name, has everything on Madison! Read his biography, read his quotes, read his notes of the Constitutional Convention. You could spend hours on this site alone!

Biography of James Madison
Read all about Madison, his early years, his presidency, the War of 1812, and more!

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