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James Madison.

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The James Madison Papers, documents the activities of the fourth president of the United States, an architect of the Constitution. Included in Madison’s papers are materials documenting his activities as a member of the Continental Congress, his role in the Constitutional Convention of 1787, his tenure as Secretary of State during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson and his two terms as President including materials on the War of 1812. Noted correspondents include George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Noah Webster and James Monroe. Also included in this collection are a copy of Madison’s autobiography and correspondence with his wife, Dolley.

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  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1780-1815

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