James Madison Appreciation Day


WHEREAS, James Madison, Jr. was born on March 16, 1751 at Port Conway in King George County, Virginia, to James Madison, Sr. and Eleanor Conway at the Conway home; and

WHEREAS, he was brought up in and remained a lifetime resident of Orange County at his home called, "Montpelier"; and

WHEREAS, he attended the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, studying with The Reverend John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, honing a lifelong commitment to freedom of faith and conscience for all people; and

WHEREAS, he was a devoted student of history and government, and well read in the law, participating in the framing of Virginia's original Statute of Religious Freedom, the Virginia Constitution in 1776, and was a leader in the Virginia General Assembly; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States, adopted in 1787 was largely designed under the guidance of the 36-year-old Madison through his work on the Virginia Plan; and

WHEREAS, he later made major contributions to the ratification process of the United States Constitution by co-authoring the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay; and

WHEREAS, in the United States Congress, he helped to frame the "Bill of Rights" in 1789, protecting and guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of individual citizens; and

WHEREAS, he served as Secretary of State in President Thomas Jefferson's Cabinet, was twice elected to serve as President of the United States, and successfully prosecuted the War of 1812; and

WHEREAS, his contributions, acknowledged by his contemporary compatriots, and a grateful nation since, have named him to be "The Father of the Constitution," which remains the supreme law of our land;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 16, 2015, as JAMES MADISON APPRECIATION DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.