The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
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Source Notes: Source: JAMES MADISON, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, Richmond, Virginia, December 2, 1829.The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 361 .These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
James Madison (March 16, 1751 June 28, 1836) was the fourth (1809 1817) President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution.