James Madison enjoyed the opportunities and met the responsibilities of education and public service associated with the wealthy Southern gentry to which he belonged. Ultimately, he took part in the most crucial years of our nation’s development. His greatest contribution was his service as "Father" of the Constitution. He would be the first U.S. President to face the challenges of our first war, and ultimately guide a nation to victory.
Discover his life with First Lady Dolley Madsion in the years after the War of 1812 in this one of over 100 National Park Service Teaching With Historic Places Lesson Plans.
Memories of Montpelier: Home of James and Dolley Madison