James Madison

 
 

FOOTNOTES FROM THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLS) & ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

1 Believed in the importance of having a U.S. Constitution.  He kept detailed notes during the Constitutional Convention.  His skills at compromise helped the delegates reach agreement during the difficult process of writing the Constitution of the United States of America.  This earned him the title of “Father of the Constitution.” (VS.6a)

Father of the constitution

After the United States gained its independence from England, James Madison helped create the new government.  He believed in the importance of having a written document explaining the roles of government.  He is known as the “Father of the Constitution” because he wrote most of the U.S. Constitution.   All the state delegates met during the Constitutional Convention to approve of it, but they disagreed about many parts.  James Madison took notes during the meetings, helped the delegates compromise to reach agreement.  Later he was elected as the fourth president of the United States.1