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U.S. History Topics » Government » U.S. Constitution

Madison's Treasures

presents the most significant documents from our fourth President, James Madison. Most relate to two events in which Madison played a key role: the drafting and ratification of the Constitution (1787-8) and the introduction in the First Federal Congress of the amendments (1789) that became the Bill of Rights. Other documents relate to the freedom of religion and the burning of Washington, D.C., by the British in 1814 -- perhaps the major embarrassment of Madison's career. (Library of Congress)

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On January 23, 1783, a committee chaired by Madison submitted a list of approximately 1300 books to the Confederation Congress.

Establish a Library of Congress, 1783

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