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James Madison - A Founding Father who Shaped American Values

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Nov 06, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

James Madison was very successful in shaping that words that would become the values and legal protections that we most value as Americans. Although Madison began his career in the leadership of the Virginia Militia, and served in many legislative bodies, including the Presidency of the United States, his legacy is built upon his ability to persuade and lead men with the pen. It has been noted that Madison's exceptional sense of priorities and profound influence led him to be on the winning side of every important issue that the young nation faced during his entire career. From early on, James Madison Jr. was groomed to be a political leader. The oldest of 12 children, Madison received most of his formal education from a Virginia boarding school during his teen years. James Madison later attended the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University. His studies focused on history, government, ethics, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, science, philosophy, and law.

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JAMES MADISON - 4TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

A collaborator at heart, James Madison did not accept his nickname “Father of the Constitution”. In protest he proclaimed that he was one of many contributors who shaped the ideas that form the foundation of United States law. In addition to the Constitution, Madison also helped frame the Bill of Rights and early revenue legislation while serving in Congress.

Of the many concepts that Madison promoted, some of the most prominent were freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a speedy, public trial protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and forming a three-part government with executive, legislative, and judicial branches to provide a systems of checks and balances to avoid dominance of any one group.

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When James Madison was elected to be the 4th President of the United States in 1808, the young nation was struggling with import/export issues. The Embargo Act of 1807 was intended to neutralize trade disputes by forbidding trade with Great Britain and France, but instead it put the United States into economic disaster. This was the most pressing issue at hand when James Madison took office in 1808.

These world powers refused to comply with the terms of the legislation. In June of 1812, after the British seized American seamen and cargo, James Madison became the first president to declare war. But the young nation was ill-prepared for a military battle. The British seemed to have the upper hand as they marched on Washington, setting fire to the Capitol and the White House. It would seem a lost cause until a few pivotal battles were won, the most notable being a triumph in New Orleans, led by General Andrew Jackson. This ray of hope convinced the American public that the war effort had been successful.

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THE VERY POPULAR FIRST LADY - DOLLY MADISON

After completing two terms as President, Madison retired to his estate in Montpelier, Virginia with his wife Dolley Madison and her son. Madison continued to speak out about the challenges faced by the American leadership. The great man passed away at home in 1836 after suffering with liver dysfunction for several months. Even after his death, it is his words that are most pronounced. James Madison left behind this statement: “The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated. Let the open enemy be regarded as a Pandora with her box opened; and the disguised one, as the Serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into Paradise.”

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a world-renowned collector who has spent his life in the company of world leaders and individuals who, like James Madison, have shaped the world we live in. With a deep appreciation for American history, Mr. Amyx has had the pleasure of acquiring a vast collection of museum-quality historical memorabilia. His most prized possessions are found in his White House China Collection which is the largest privately-owned collection anywhere in the world. To discuss American historical memorabilia with Mr. Amyx, please contact him through the button below.

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