(1809–1817) and is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being the primary author of the United States Constitution
and at first an opponent of, and then a key author of the United States Bill of Rights
. He inherited tobacco land and owned slaves although he spent his entire adult life as a career politician.
His collaboration with Alexander Hamilton
and John Jay
produced the Federalist Papers
(1788), which became the most influential explanation and defense of the Constitution after its publication.
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.
Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real or pretended from abroad.