“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
— James Madison (1751-1836)
4th U.S. President
Per the American Library Association, March 16th, the birthday of the 4th President of the United States, is celebrated as National Freedom of Information Day. President James Madison is widely regarded as the Father of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He was also the foremost advocate of openness in government. This day serves as a reminder of the importance of the idea of every citizen’s right to know the facts related to the government. Madison was one of the people who dedicated his life to giving power to the people and making democracy stronger for it.