James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
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Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise every expanded prospect.
Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars instead of carrying them on at the expense of other generations.
The executive has no right in any case to decide the question whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
The diversity in the faculties of men from which the rights of property originate is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
As a man is said to have a right to his property he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.