Federalist Papers – Essay #52

In Essay #52, The House of Representatives, James Madison focuses on the frequency of elections for members of the House of Representatives.

Madison does not present a strong argument based on historical evidence for selecting two years as the term of a member of the House. He refers to the British model, and understands that many of the citizens of the time favored elections on a yearly basis, but seems to have pulled two years out of a hat.

Essay #52 is not one of the most compelling of the Federalist Papers.

Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #52 is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay #52 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 5 February 2019.

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