The United States fourth President James Madison managed to shape and create many pieces of government documents that would forever change America such as the United States Constitution, Virginia Constitution, Virginia Plan, Checks and Balances, Federalist Papers, and the Bill of Rights. Madison served not only one but two terms as the President, he also served in many other roles in the government, such as a Cornel in the Virginia Militia, Representative of Virginia, and Secretary of State. This man not only did so much for America's government but he also helped create the University of Virginia and was the co-founder of the American Colonization Society. .
James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia and died on June 28, 1836. Madison lived on his family estate, called Montpelier, until he was sent to boarding school in 1762. Madison came back home after a couple of years of boarding school and continued to be taught privately. He attended college at Princeton University in 1771 and is the first graduate student ever. After college, Madison came back home and joined the Virginia Militia as a Cornel because of the rising tensions between America and Britain. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison met in 1776 and continued to have a perennial friendship. That same year Madison became a Representative for Orange County and helped write the Virginia Constitution. Madison also made the United States Constitution and tried to get this ratified by helping write the Federalist Papers. In 1789, Madison moved from being Orange County Representative to Virginia State Representative. While in the house, Madison familiarized the Bill of Rights and left the Federalist Party and created his own know as the Democratic-Republic Party. Madison then left his government position and went back home to marry his wife Dolly in 1797, but came back four years later and served as Sectary of State in 1801.