Father of the constitution james madison was the father of the constitution and leading founding father born on march 16 1751 in port conway king george virginia james madison was a lawyer plantation owner and exemplar of political theory. Available for the first time in paperback james madison the founding father is a lively portrait of the man who essentially fathered our constitutional guarantees of civil and religious liberty focusing on the role madison played at the continental congress and in each stage of the formation of the american republic robert allen rutland also covers madisons relationship with his beloved . Historian richard b morris in 1973 identified the following seven figures as the key founding fathers john adams benjamin franklin alexander hamilton john jay thomas jefferson james madison and george washington adams jefferson and franklin were members of the committee of five that drafted the declaration of independence
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