One of the more random things I came across today – It’s our school namesakes birthday.
Considering our students have to take the Citizenship exam, and more than one of the questions deal with matters that Madison had a hand in crafting, it’s worthwhile knowing why our school and state capital are named after this person.
James Madison was a statesman and noble from Virginia during the 1780’s. He would ultimately be a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 where he would write both the Virginia Plan and ultimately draft the majority of what would become the present US Constitution. To promote it’s passage, he would become one of the authors of what are now called the Federalist Papers, documents that are held in high regard by the US Supreme Court when interpreting the intent of the Constitution itself. He also drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.
Following time in the US House of Representatives, he would be elected the Fourth President of the United States in 1809, and serve two terms until 1817. It was during his time in office that the War of 1812 and famous British burning of the White House occurred. Thanks to him, and his wife Dolly Madison’s efforts, several original items were saved, such as the portrait of George Washington.
He was not without many faults in office, especially as it related to policies against Native Americans and slaves. However, he was the last of the founding fathers to die in 1836, and his legacy lives forth today.
— Mr. Martin
Social Studies Department Chairperson