JAMES MADISON SSBN 627
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
Keel Laid 5 March 1962 - Launched 15 March 1963
Struck from Naval Register 20 November 1992
Disposed of through NPSSRP 24 October 1997
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- USS James Madison SSBN-627 Covers Page 1 --> (1964-1983)
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Official ships cachet. From the Neal Mills collection.
NAMESAKE - James Madison (16 March 1751 - 28 June 1836)
Founding Father and fourth President of The United States.
Madison was born at Port Conway, Va., 16 March 1751, and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in 1771. He was a member of the Virginia Council of State, and in 1780 became a member of the Continental Congress. An early advocate of increased Federal power under the Articles of Confederation, Madison served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1784-86 and was instrumental in securing passage of Jefferson's religious freedom bill. He played an influential role in the movement which led to the Constitutional Convention, drafted the "Virginia Plan" which became the core of that document, and worked tirelessly for its adoption. A first-rate thinker and writer on political theory and practice, he was the author of 29 of the famous Federalist Papers.
Madison served in the House 1789-97 and proposed the first 10 amendments to the Constitution which became the Bill of Rights. Later, as leader of the Jeffersonian Republicans, he drew up the Virginia Resolves and condemned the Alien and Sedition Acts. After being Secretary of State under Jefferson 1801-09, he was elected President. His first term was marred by the unpopular War of 1812 and his administration was marked by a trend toward nationalism.
The ships sponsor was Mrs. A. S. Mike Monroney, wife of US Senator Monroney from Oklahoma.
Two ships have been named in his honor - United States Coast Survey (USCS) Monroe (1850 Survey Ship) and USS James Madison SSBN-627.
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