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  1. #1 “Father of the Constitution” is born 
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    On this day in 1751, James Madison, drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the Federalist Papers and fourth president of the United States, is born on a plantation in Virginia.
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    Born on a plantation? I never realized Madison was a slave.
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    Not the slave but the slave owner and an enemy of states rights.

    James Madison (1751-1836) was a founding father of the United States and the fourth American president, serving in office from 1809 to 1817. An advocate for a strong federal government, the Virginia-born Madison composed the first drafts of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and earned the nickname “Father of the Constitution.” In 1792, Madison and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) founded the Democratic-Republican Party, which has been called America’s first opposition political party. When Jefferson became the third U.S. president, Madison served as his secretary of state. In this role, he oversaw the Louisiana Purchase from the French in 1803. During his presidency, Madison led the U.S. into the controversial War of 1812 (1812-15) against Great Britain. After two terms in the White House, Madison retired to his Virginia plantation, Montpelier, with his wife Dolley (1768-1849).

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    I was making a joke about being a slave...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    I was making a joke about being a slave...
    And I giggled when I read it.

    My response could easily have been omitted but I was feeling surly yesterday.
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