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Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) introduced a measure on Monday to establish a commission that would be tasked with developing a memorial for former President James Madison. [IMGCAP(1)]

The James Madison Memorial Commission would comprise 23 members charged with planning the design and construction of a memorial to the fourth president.

According to the bill, the president would appoint seven members to the body, while the Speaker and House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders would each appoint three members. The Congressional leaders also would appoint one nonvoting member.

Madison, known as the “Father of the Constitution,” was the first Member of Congress ever to be elected president. Although he is perhaps most famous for writing a bulk of the Federalist Papers, he also helped frame the Bill of Rights.

— Elizabeth Brotherton

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