The Influence Of James Madison: Father Of The Constitution

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As the fourth President of the United States of America, James Madison was a complicated leader. He is most often referred to as the “Father of the Constitution.” He was a strong nationalist that believed a strong central government was essential for the existence and future of the new country he helped found. He exercised his powers in fighting secessionists and would-be tyrants. But in many ways, President Madison contradicted his own beliefs. While Madison supported a strong central government, he also helped implement what are common separations of power and checks and balances. Originally a Federalist and author of many of the Federalist Papers along with colleagues such as John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, Madison was not only a scholar but a statesman that saw the dangers of a hard, ridged stance for federal government. Madison feared the likelihood of each state in the Confederacy having its own monetary systems and laws. He feared that bankruptcy from one state might seep to the next with a catastrophic result. He held a firm stance against treason and sedition. However, as a Federalist he knew the importance of each state having its own sovereignty. During the Constitutional Convention of Philadelphia in 1787, Madison urged other delegates to include an equal balance to each state while considering amending the Articles of Confederation. Madison was probably the most influential of the founding fathers without getting much of the credit…show more content…
The answer to that question is no. James Madison wrote Advice for My Country. It read, “The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated. Let the open enemy to it be regarded as a Pandora with her box opened; and the disguised one, as the Serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into Paradise.” President Madison was strong in his convictions. Albeit confusing at times. But no one could argue his

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