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James Madison, oil on canvas by Charles Willson Peale, ca. 1792

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Madison was a legislative giant, despite his slight build and tentative manner. Dismissed as "too much of a book politician" by Representative Fisher Ames of Massachusetts, it was Madison who drafted the Bill of Rights and ushered it through the House. He was a close political adviser to President George Washington and later a key leader of the Jeffersonian Republicans.

From the collection of Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Accession #0126.1006

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