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Fourth president shaped our independence
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Dr. John Vile, professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at MTSU, was guest speaker during the Rotary Club of McMinnville meeting on Thursday. He came dressed as James Madison and presented the history of the U.S. Constitution.
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and widely considered to be the Father of the U.S. Constitution, was represented at The Rotary Club of McMinnville on Thursday.The 264-year-old was portrayed by Dr. John Vile, professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at MTSU. He offered his insights into the making of American independence and sovereignty, and writing the Constitution that created and shaped our self-governance for well over 200 years. “It’s a pleasure to be here today as you approach the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence,” said Vile as he portrayed Madison. “What you may not know is that, originally, there were some people who thought today would be the day that we celebrate it.”Vile says a letter written by John Adams on July 3 to his wife stated July 2, 1776 would be the day people celebrate with parades, shows, games, bonfires and illuminations “from one end of the continent to the other.”“You might wonder how Adams messed the dates up.