The Jr. was born to Nellie Conway

The sound of a quill scratching thick parchment filled the air as an older man hunched over his wooden desk. His brows were creased and lips drawn into a tight line as he mulled over the words spilling forth from his hand. He stilled for only a moment, taking a deep breath as he dipped his feathered pen into a murky ink pot before returning to his work. It would take much longer than he anticipated, but he would finish the document beginning with, “We the People.” If continued at the pace he was now, he would finish by the morning. The man jotting down idea after idea was James Madison Jr. In present day, Madison is well known as the Father of the United States Constitution as well as the country’s the fourth president. From graduating a prestigious university to winning a war to being crowned as one of the most well-liked presidents of his time, Madison has achieved much success in his lifetime.James Madison Jr. was born to Nellie Conway Madison and James Madison Sr. on March 26, 1751. He was the oldest brother to eleven younger siblings. Both Madison and his siblings were raised on the family plantation in Orange County, Virginia (“James Madison”). His family plantation, that was created by his grandfather in 1723, grew tobacco and grains. There were around one hundred slaves working on the land (“Madison, James”). As Madison grew up, his height did not increase like how his age did. When Madison was an adult, he was only 5’4. However, it wasn’t too much of a burden as he was known to be an eccentric character who attracted those around him with his personality (“Madison, James”). One of the people who fancied his quirky ways was his wife Dolley who he had two sons with. Additionally, he faced serious illnesses that affected his everyday life. He was paranoid and suffered from a nervous disorder that would cause him to lay down on the ground face-first to gather his wits (“Madison, James”). Still, Madison went on.Once Madison was old enough to attend a higher education, he enrolled into one of the country’s top schools. At the time, the school he was part of was called the College of New Jersey, but it would later be renamed Princeton University. He earned a bachelor degrees of the arts in 1771, having studied under John Witherspoon (“Madison, James”). When he was a student, he read various works by Enlightenment philosophers such as Voltaire and John Locke which changed his view on the world. One of the ideas he picked up was about slavery. He realized that slavery didn’t coincide with his republican ideals, but he didn’t attempt any abolitionist movements since he had other problems arising (“Madison, James”).