James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Louis KetchamThe best one volume biography of Madisons life, Ketchams biography not only traces Madisons career, it gives readers a sense of the man. As Madison said of his early years in Virginia under the study of Donald Robertson, who introduced him to thinkers like Montaigne and Montesquieu, all that I have been in life I owe largely to that man. It also captures a side of Madison that is less rarely on display (including a portrait of the beautiful Dolley Madison).
James Madison: A life reconsidered
James Madison , in full James Madison, Jr. At the Constitutional Convention , he influenced the planning and ratification of the U. Constitution and collaborated with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay in the publication of the Federalist papers. As a member of the new House of Representatives , he sponsored the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, commonly called the Bill of Rights. The War of was fought during his presidency. For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. James Madison created the basic framework for the U.
James Madison was a founding father of the United States and the fourth American president, serving in office from to An advocate for a strong federal government, the Virginia-born Madison composed the first drafts of the U. When Jefferson became the third U. In this role, he oversaw the Louisiana Purchase from the French in During his presidency, Madison led the U. After two terms in the White House, Madison retired to his Virginia plantation, Montpelier, with his wife Dolley
Raised on a plantation in sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, James Madison, born on March 16, , was a sickly child who never strayed far from his mother's side. His father, James Madison Sr. James's youth was marked by extreme changes. His most vivid childhood memories were of his fears of Indian attacks during the French and Indian War and of the day his family moved from their little farmhouse to a large plantation mansion, Montpelier. He also suffered from psychosomatic, or stress-induced, seizures, similar to epileptic fits, that plagued him on and off throughout his youth.