James Madison: Federalist 51


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James Madison was born on March 16, 1751, into a wealthy Tidewater family. Raised on a Virginia plantation, he was a sickly child who suffered from unexplained seizures. After graduation from Princeton University, he returned home to pursue legal studies. In 1774 he took a seat on the local Committee of Safety, a pro-revolution group that oversaw the local militia. As a delegate to the Virginia Convention in 1776, Madison was embroiled in the independence debates. In 1778 he...