James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia. Because of his significant role in the creation of the Constitution, Madison has since garnered the title “Father of the Constitution,” though he modestly maintained that the designation is “a credit to which I have no claim… [The Constitution] ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands.”
Nevertheless, the extremely influential role Madison played in the crafting and ratification of the Constitution inspired Andy McKean, founder of the organization Liberty Day, to work toward officially establishing the theme day Liberty Day. It has since been recognized by state legislatures across the country, and Liberty Day has been nationally recognized by the United States Congress.
Andy McKean, founder of the Liberty Day website, says “Ben Franklin challenged us that we will have a republic only if we can keep it. But this great nation will be unable to heed his words if our citizens are not proactive in educating others—especially fifth graders learning about government for the first time.” Learn more at www.libertyday.org.