James Madison (1751-1836)
This week's offering, "You Elected a Man, not a Moral Judgment" (nor the end of the Civil War, nor the presidency of RFK) is here.
NB: A reader from Texas has already picked up on how miraculous it is that in former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin's retelling, Abraham Lincoln seems to have supplied James Madison with the phrase "a more perfect union," which, of course, originates in the preamble to the Constitution. Lincoln quoted the phrase in his first Inaugural Address in 1861--as did John Adams in his Inaugural Address in 1797, John Quincy Adams in 1825, Benjamin Harrison in 1889, and Bill Clnton in 1997.
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