We The People 6 Exploring the mind of madison from montpelier emerged a more perfect union Every nation has its origin story and its heroes. In America we tend to point to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War as our national birth. That is how origin stories usually go: bold words and valiant warriors. Rarely does a great patriotic story begin with the hero quietly reading a book. Yet, such is the story of our nation—from the chrysalis of confederation into a fully formed, popularly ratified federal republic. The often-forgotten hero of this story is James Madison, Father of the Constitution.