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James Madison's Role in the Establishment of The United States ConstitutionJames Madison's Role in the Establishment of The United States Constitution

Revered titles are bestowed on individuals because of their outstanding service to their country or a very significant scientific discovery, or place in a family.  In reference to the United States of America, the title Father of Our Country is, of course, given to George Washington because of his leadership of the new nation and the honorable, father-like manner with which he served.

In the early years of the USA, who among the Founding Fathers saw the fragility of the new country and realized the importance of a written document of the principles upon which the new nation would be guided?  James Madison came to be known as the Father of the Constitution because he drafted and promoted what was to become the supreme law of the land, the United States Constitution.

In celebration of US Constitution Day, SUNY Orange professor Greg Geddes will speak in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 on "James Madison’s Role in the Establishment of The United States Constitution." This lecture is free and open to the public.

Geddes explains, “The challenges, promises, and risks of popular government were forefront in the minds of many of the Founding Fathers and American Enlightenment thinkers.  No one contributed more to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, and thus the creation of the American Republic, than the reserved and brilliant James Madison.”

An intellectual historian who is originally from Virginia, Geddes will “examine history’s treatment of Madison, the philosophical foundations of Madison’s thinking, the causes that drove Madison and others to propose a radical restructuring of the federal apparatus, and the deep belief in the entire American experiment” held by this fellow Virginian.

Geddes received a BA in History and English Literature from the College of William & Mary and a PhD in US History at SUNY Binghamton. His dissertation won the Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Social Sciences. He has written on various topics and presented his work at the Organization of American Historians, the Social Science History Association, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the North American Labor History Conference.

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at or call (845) 341-4891/9386, or visit the Cultural Affairs website

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs