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January 23, 2014

Madison, not Jefferson, was the father of America’s Constitution

Jack Atkinson’s response (“ ‘Promote the general Welfare’ doesn’t mean what he says it does,” Jan. 22 Times-News) to R. Steele Selby’s letter about promoting the general welfare (“We’ve stopped promoting the general welfare,” Jan. 14) contains one large error.

Thomas Jefferson is NOT called the father of the American Constitution. He actually had very little direct connection to it, as he was in Paris, as an ambassador, at the time of its forming.

Jefferson IS known as the father of our Declaration of Independence, and the American Bill of Rights in the Constitution is directly related to the Virginia Bill of Rights that he DID write.

Jefferson DID make the comments about what the general welfare meant, not in one statement, but in a series of letters between himself and others over a period of at least eight years.

The father of the American Constitution is actually James Madison, from Virginia, and he would become our fourth president.

 Paul E. Parish

Oldtown

 

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