Friend and political ally of Thomas Jefferson, champion of the Constitution, later fourth President of the United States. Madison played an important role in advising Jefferson during times of controversy and political challenges. He would do the country great service during Jefferson’s fight against the Alien and Sedition Acts by editing Jefferson’s sometimes overly strong rhetoric.
A brilliant man, a dedicated republican like his friend, he was a trusted confidant and adviser to Jefferson. Upon leaving the White House Jefferson was comforted in knowing that the country was in good hands as Madison followed him to the presidential chair.