U.S. Constitutional Convention 1787 (2019 Edition)

Grand Convention at Philadelphia, May to September, 1787, Quill Project 2019 Edition.

James Madison

Quill platform ID: p103.

(5 March 1751 – 28 June 1836) Planter, slaveholder, essayist, legislator, and President of the USA.

Born the son of a leading planter, he secured election into the Virginia Convention, which produced the independent state, its new constitution, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He then joined the state legislature and the Confederation Congress. A principal proponent of the Constitutional Convention, he was also the author of the Virginia Plan, a faithful Convention attendee, a dedicated notetaker, and one of the Convention's most active speakers. He also authored several of the ‘Federalist Papers’ in defence of the new Constitution. He was a Representative for Virginia in the new U.S. Congress and a leading figure in the creation of the Bill of Rights. He was later U.S. Secretary of State and then President.

Member of Virginia Delegation—U.S. Constitutional Convention 1787 (2019 Edition), Virginia Delegation—United States Constitutional Convention 1787 (2016 Edition), Virginia Delegation—United States Bill of Rights 1789 (2020 Edition), Virginia Delegation—United States Bill of Rights 1789.