James Madison

Political Offices

From what position did Madison push for the Bill of Rights?

Madison won election to the newly created U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for eight years beginning in 1789. In the House of Representatives, Madison spearheaded the adoption of the Bill of Rights—a series of amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would secure individual freedom and popular support for the new Constitution. For his role in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Madison is referred to as “the Father of the Constitution” and “the Father of the Bill of Rights.”


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