James Madison: A Resource Guide
Amazing Americans: James Madison
Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's
Library provides a variety of stories about James Madison,
including information about the U.S.
Madison, and the War
Back in Time: The New United States of America Adopted the
Bill of Rights
Back in Time: President James Madison Approved an Act of
Congress to Purchase Jefferson's Library
The Congress.gov Web site provides the full text of the Federalist
Papers, a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens
of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution.
Written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay,
the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers
in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name "Publius."
Treasures of the Library of Congress
and the Founding of the American Republic
Explores the role religion played in the founding of
the American colonies, in the shaping of early American
life and politics, and in forming the American Republic.
This exhibition includes information on many items related
to Madison and religion, including a copy of Madison's
notes for his speech introducing the Bill of Rights and
a description of Madison attending
church services during his presidency.
The majority of the documents in this exhibition relate
to two seminal events in which Madison played a major
role: the drafting and ratification of the Constitution
of the United States (1787-88) and the introduction (1789)
in the First Federal Congress of the amendments that became
the Bill of Rights. Other documents in this exhibition
relate to freedom of religion, a cause to which Madison
was passionately devoted, and to the burning of Washington,
D.C., by the British in 1814.
Philosopher and Practitioner of Liberal Democracy
This symposium explored the thought and character of
James Madison as well as his many significant contributions
to the nation's history, such as his defense of religious
liberty; his role as architect and principal defender
of the Constitution of the United States; his introduction
of the legislation that produced the Bill of Rights; and
his service as secretary of state in 1801-09, and as president
of the United States from 1809 to 1817. This site contains
the full text of papers presented at the symposium, as
well as Webcasts of the speakers.
Division Finding Aids Online
Access the finding aids for the papers of James
Madison and Dolley
Madison in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Madison,
James, 1751-1836 to find digital images related to
Madison such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase James Madison
to locate additional images.
Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress
This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of James Madison and Dolley Madison.
On January 30, 1815, President James Madison approved
an Act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas
Jefferson's library of 6,487 volumes.
James Madison, "Father of the Constitution"
and fourth president of the United States, was born on
March 16, 1751.
On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration
of war against Great Britain, marking the beginning of
the War of 1812.
On August 19, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops
under the command of Major General Robert Ross and Rear
Admiral George Cockburn landed at Benedict, Maryland,
on the shores of the Patuxent River.
On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional
Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution.
The first in a series of eighty-five essays by "Publius,"
the pen name of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and
John Jay, appeared in the Independent
Journal, a New York newspaper, on October 27, 1787.
On December 15, 1791, the new United States of America
adopted the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to
the U.S. Constitution.
Digital Reference Section Web Guides
to the War of 1812
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain
a wide variety of material associated with the War of
1812, including manuscripts, broadsides, pictures, and
as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents
Many presidents of the United States have turned to poetry
at certain points in their lives as an outlet for their
feelings and thoughts, or to explore the resources of
the English language, including James
Documents in American History
This site offers a list of some of the most important
documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each
document has a page with background information, links
to digital material associated with the documents, and
bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Many
of the documents contain information related to Madison,
including the Constitution,
of Rights, and the Treaty