The Capital: Monumental Amends

For all its myriad statues and monuments, Washington has seen fit to ignore the memory of 23 U.S. Presidents.* Perhaps the most remarkable omission is that of James Madison, author and sponsor of the Bill of Rights, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution, the fourth and one of the most erudite Chief Executives in the nation's history, whose name is today most celebrated by the Manhattan avenue that has become a synonym for advertising. Last week the House voted to make amends, authorized construction of a $75 million annex to the Library of Congress, to be named the James...

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