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"Little" James Madison made giant contributions to the establishment of the United States. He presented many of the major ideas for the new U.S. Constitution in 1787. He led the fight to get the Constitution ratified, defeating strong opposition in his home state of Virginia and writing brilliant essays arguing for ratification. He worked with Thomas Jefferson to create one of the two original political parties and helped get Jefferson elected president. After serving as Jefferson's secretary of state, Madison was elected the fourth president. As president during the War of 1812, he was criticized for U.S. defeats in battle. Soon afterward, however, U.S. fortunes improved, and Britain agreed to end the war. The United States gamed confidence from the war and Madison retired a popular president.

Recounts the story of America's fourth president, known as the Father of the Constitution, describing his early life in Virginia and his many years of service in public office.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780516242101
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
  • Pages: 110
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Childhood and a Start in Politics 7
2 Statesman 27
3 To the Presidency 43
4 First Term 63
5 Second Term 73
6 Retirement and Legacy 87
Presidential Fast Facts 96
First Lady Fast Facts 97
Timeline 98
Glossary 100
Further Reading 101
Places to Visit 102
Online Sites of Interest 103
Table of Presidents 104
Index 108
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