James Madison

James Madison

Richard Brookhiser

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0465019838

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

James Madison led one of the most influential and prolific lives in American history, and his story—although all too often overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries—is integral to that of the nation. Madison helped to shape our country as perhaps no other Founder: collaborating on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, resisting government overreach by assembling one of the nation’s first political parties (the Republicans, who became today’s Democrats), and taking to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat.

In this penetrating biography, eminent historian Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the “Father of the Constitution,” an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans’ fledgling liberty and vigorously defended the laws that have preserved it to this day.




















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America had won its independence, but it was starting life as a deadbeat. Madison had moved to the center of national affairs. He was learning politics in the arena; he knew the movers and shakers, and he knew how to make moves of his own. America had won its liberty. How to secure it was the next problem. CHAPTER TWO The Constitution In September 1783, America and Britain signed the treaty ending the Revolutionary War. Madison’s term in Congress ended two months later, allowing him

Washington had become to his former staff officer. Washington’s status as father of his country could be tough on his symbolic sons; family politics is even harder on losers than the ordinary kind. Everyone else in Washington’s official family also begged him to stay on—Hamilton, Jefferson, Secretary of War Henry Knox. After that unanimous chorus of advice, everyone promptly returned to the business at hand, which was abusing one another. Jefferson warned Washington, by letter and in person,

trip to Monticello to lobby for himself. At length Jefferson told his vice president that his policy on solicitations was to let his answer “be found in what is done or not done.” Davis never got the job. New York was a key part of the victorious Republican coalition. One of Jefferson’s and Madison’s tasks over the next sixteen years would be managing their northern junior partners—and making sure they remained junior. Who in New York would the Virginians be better off working with—Burr,

property,” he declared. He decided that the chief debaser was Madison, Yazoo negotiator and secretary of state: “from that moment . . . my confidence in the principles of the man entertaining those sentiments died, never to live again.” The deal did not go through, for Napoleon just then did not need the money. By December 1805, he had crushed the Austrian empire after a war of only three months and had other resources. Florida would glimmer as a possible prize before Jefferson’s and Madison’s

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