Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters

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JAMES MADISON.

The commonwealth of Virginia has been proudly styled "the mother of States and statesmen." She is, justly entitled to this mark of distinction. Virginia gave to the Federal Union the States of Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. She gave the Republic Patrick Henry, whose fiery eloquence first sowed broadcast the seeds of rebellion against Great Britain's tyranny and oppression which ripened into American. Independence. She gave the Colonies, at the commencement of the Revolution, the Commander-in- Chief of their armies who led them to victory and achieved their independence, and won for himself the appellation of "Father of his country," "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." An illustrious statesman of hers drew the immortal Declaration of Independence. And another son of the Old Dominion has been properly termed "the father of the American Constitution." Seven of the Presidents of the Republic were born in the State of Virginia; and all the other States, now thirty-nine in number, have only furnished eleven Presidents.

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and the subject of our present sketch, is justly entitled to be called the "father of the Federal Constitution." He saw the imperfection of the old Articles, of Confederation which made the general government dependent on the States for the enforcement of its laws and the collection of its revenues. This voluntary obedience on the part of the States did very well whilst they were struggling for independence and overrun by the armies of Great Britain. But no sooner was danger removed than they became remiss in their contributions

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • P R E F a C E. v
  • Introduction vii
  • An Outline Of Governor Perry's Life. 1
  • Editorial Comments. 13
  • Action of The House of Representatives Of South Carolina. 19
  • Proceedings Of The Greenville Bar. 27
  • Proceedings in The Court of Common Pleas. Greenville, April 6th, 1887. 37
  • Fourth of July Oration. 47
  • An Address 65
  • Address - Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Erskine College, Abbeville District, S. C., on the Fifth Anniversary, Sept. 18, 1844 85
  • Speech 111
  • Speech of B. F. Perry, Of South Carolina. 145
  • Address - To the Democracy of the Fifth Congressional District in South Carolina, May 28, 1860. 153
  • Disunion. 171
  • The National Democratic Convention in Charleston, 1860. 186
  • United States Senator. 190
  • National Restoration. 191
  • Editorials - Approving of the Nomination of Governor Perry for Congress. 204
  • The Ancients and the Moderns. - A Comparison 217
  • Sketches Of Eminent American Statemen. 243
  • John Adams. 248
  • John Rutledge. 254
  • William H. 270
  • Patrick Henry. 279
  • Alexander Hamilton. 289
  • Benjamin Franklin. 308
  • William Pinkney. 329
  • Thomas Jefferson. 339
  • James Madison. 350
  • John Randolph. 382
  • John Jay. 393
  • Oliver Ellsworth. 403
  • William Smith. 410
  • Henry Laurens. 420
  • Gouverneur Morris. 428
  • William Henry Drayton. 441
  • Charles Pickney. 447
  • Arthur Middleton. 454
  • Pierce Butler. 459
  • Theophilus Parsons. 478
  • David Ramsay. 496
  • Fisher Ames. 518
  • Felix Grundy. 546
  • Edward Livingston. 555
  • Wade Hampton. 564
  • Thomas Sumter. 570
  • Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. 577
  • Colonel Benjamin Roebuck. 592
  • Letter from Dr. F. Peyre Porcher. 599
  • Letter from James P. Adams. 600
  • Letter from Col. Joseph N. Brown, an Ex-Confederate Colonel. 601
  • Extract from a Letter Written by a Gentle Man in Charleston to Gov. Perry. 602
  • Monument to Governor Perry. 608
  • Index. 611
  • Errata. 613
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