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Madison, James James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836), born in Virginia Colony, was the fourth President of the United States and is called the "Father of the Constitution," inasmuch as he was instrumental in the drafting of that document. His first job was serving in the Virginia State Legislature. His first-hand experience witnessing the persecution of Baptist preachers in Virginia, which was an Anglican Church state, inspired him to work with Jefferson to draft the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which was the document upon which the First Amendment was based.

 

 

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