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Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.

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Source Notes: Source: JAMES MADISON, letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 105 .These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.

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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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