BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Richard Brookhiser, noted historian and biographer of several Revolutionary War figures, will be the guest speaker for Constitution Day, marking the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at St. Francis College on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 11:10 a.m. in the Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.
Brookhiser, a senior editor of National Review and 2008 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, will give a preview of his new book, James Madison (Basic Books), which will be released at the end of this month. He has written nine books over more than 20 years about U.S. founding fathers including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, the Adamses and Gouverneur Morris.
Madison led one of the most influential and prolific lives in American history, and his story – although all too often overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries – is integral to that of the nation. Madison collaborated on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, assembled one of the nation’s first political parties (the Democratic Republicans, who became today’s Democrats) and took to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat while in office.
Constitution Day is federally mandated by the U.S. Congress, which deemed that any educational institution that receives federal money must hold an educational program related to the Constitution to commemorate the signing on Sept. 17, 1787.