Trivia Crack Answer: James Madison
About Mount Rushmore
The American president not featured on Mount Rushmore is James Madison. The four presidents featured on Mount Rushmore are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. The Mount Rushmore monument was carved between 1927 and 1941, and was meant to increase tourism in South Dakota. The monument is located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, which has caused controversy among Native American tribes, as that area was supposed to be granted to the Lakota in perpetuity under the Fort Laramie Treaty. Some of the original subjects for the monument included Red Cloud, Lewis & Clark, and Buffalo Bill, but four United States presidents were chosen instead. Despite being a prominent member of the Founding Fathers alongside Jefferson and Washington, James Madison is not included in the Mount Rushmore monument. Madison was one of the key advocates for a unified Unites States, and helped to author much of the material in the Federalist Papers. Madison also helped establish the first ten amendments of the Constitution, now known as the Bill of Rights. While serving in office, Madison led the United States to war against Britain in the War of 1812. James Madison, like many other American presidents in the early years of the nation, had strong ideas about federal and state power.