The Father of the Constitution?
A conclusion that is hard to avoid after reading Mary Bilder’s book on James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Constitution is that he does not really deserve the nickname “Father of the Constitution.” Much of what he wanted in the text was not adopted, and much of what was put into the document was the result of a collective effort that Madison (to some extent) obscured in the Notes.
Why, then, does Madison have this nickname? My hunch, though I need to look into this further, is that when he ran for President in 1808 this slogan was coined for his campaign. Something similar happened with Jefferson, as people enlarged his role in producing the Declaration of Independence when he ran for President to make it seem as if he wrote the whole thing himself.