James Madison

Post Presidency

What important political event in Virginia occupied Madison for some of 1829 and 1830?

Madison participated as a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829 to 1830, which resulted in changes to Virginia’s existing state constitution of 1776. Madison helped to bridge a compromise between the wealthy landowners in the eastern part of the state with the less wealthy western region of the state. The net result was a constitution that loosened the restrictions on suffrage—the right to vote—and changed the membership of the Virginia General Assembly.


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