Sunday, December 17, 2017
He came to New Jersey for the air. Arriving at Princeton in the autumn of 1769, James Madison, Jr., found something unique in the North America of the time: a college offering entrée into the European republic of letters and the ideas of the Enlightenment as well as a close-knit community of smart, ambitious young men intent on forming lasting friendships and getting ahead in the world. For the eldest son of a wealthy Virginia plantation owner, educated privately by tutors, this was the true start of his life.
-Noah Feldman, The Three Lives Of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President