James Madison

Essay by 3EJunior High, 7th gradeA+, January 2005

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James Madison was a very patient and happy man, never complaining. Even though he had a rough childhood, he become a great man. You will see and understand his character over the course of this paper, for he was best known as "The Father of the Constitution" for a reason (the name was given to him because he made a major contribution to the ratification of the Constitution by writing, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, the Federalist essays. Madison, even though liked that name, didn't feel that was accurate and protested that the document was not "the off-spring of a single brain," but "the work of many heads and many hands."). I hope you will learn a bit about him.

James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 across the Rappahannock River from Port Royal, Virginia. He was the eldest son of 10 children, of the parents, Nelly Conway and James Madison; born while his mother was visiting her parents.

A few weeks later, she went back with her newborn son to Montpelier estate, in Orange County, which became his lifelong home (family plantation).

He had many blessings in his life, and was a very privileged young male. Yet he was haunted with early childhood memories of a serious smallpox epidemics from

1761-1762. The disease caused Madison to be home schooled though that time, mostly by his mother and grandmother. He was doing very well at reading, writing, and arithmetic, by his eleventh birthday, but then in June (1762) he left Montpelier to attend the boarding school, called Donald Robertson. After 5 years, Madison learned Latin, Greek, French, Italian and Spanish, was introduced to mathematics and science and was very interested in the histories of Greece and Rome. In 1767, he left the Robertson school for two years of...