James Madison's Presidency

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Why is James Madison called the "Father of the Constitution"?

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James Madison earned the title Father of the Constitution because of his central role in its drafting and ratification. Throughout the 1780s, Madison was an outspoken critic of the Articles of Confederation and frequently called for the reform or outright rejection of this inadequate governing document. Madison was instrumental in organizing the Philadelphia Convention, which would see a new constitution written.

Before the Philadelphia Convention even began, Madison worked alongside...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 20, 2019