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NEWS For the CCW Two hundred years ago on March 4, James Madison was inaugurated as our fourth president. Madison was a small, sickly man, remembered fondly as our shortest and lightest president. As some may already know, he is called the Father of the Constitution and Author of the Bill of Rights, because of his amazing work at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, creating our Constitution based on his Virginia Plan as its framework, and his work in the drafting of the Bill of Rights in 1789, a promise he'd kept to the people after the ratification of the Constitution. These accomplishments, along with Madison's fight for religious liberty throughout his life, are what most people remember him for.

Celebrating the bicentennial of James Madison's inauguration

President James Madison. This engraving was done by David Edwin after the portrait by Thomas Sully in 1809.
Library Of Congress Prints And Photographs Division
President James Madison. This engraving was done by David Edwin after the portrait by Thomas Sully in 1809.
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