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In order to judge of the form to be given to this institution [the Senate], it will be proper to take a view of the ends to be served by it. These were,first, to protect the people against their rulers, secondly, to protect the people against the transient impressions into which they themselves might be led.

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Source Notes: Source: JAMES MADISON, debates in the Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 26, 1787.Madison, Journal of the Federal Convention, ed. E. H. Scott, pp. 24142 .

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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.

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