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James Madison: A Resource Guide

Known as the "Father of the Constitution," James Madison was the fourth president of the United States (1809-1817). This guide compiles digital materials related to Madison at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with James Madison, including the complete James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division. Madison was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and the Continental Congress, as well as the 1787 federal Constitutional Convention, the Virginia ratification convention of 1788, and the U.S. House of Representatives (1789-96). He also served as secretary of state during the Jefferson Administration (1801-09) and was elected fourth president of the United States (1809-17). 

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Madison such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. Furthermore, it provides links to external websites focusing on Madison and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.