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Madison's Book of "Logick"

James Madison (1751-1836)
"A Brief System of Logick,"
ca. 1770-1772
Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4
Manuscript Division
State Department Transfer, 1903 (123.9)

This book of notes on the principles of logic is believed to have been written by James Madison during his junior and senior year at Princeton. Madison completed his degree in just two years but remained at the college an additional six months to study Hebrew and theology under Dr. John Witherspoon. In 1772, Madison returned to his native Virginia embarking on a brilliant political career that culminated in his election to the presidency of the United States.

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