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James Madison, author of Federalist No. 42

Federalist No. 42 (Federalist Number 42) is an essay by James Madison and the forty-second of the Federalist Papers. It was published on January 22, 1788 under the pseudonym Publius, the name under which all the Federalist Papers were published. Federalist No. 42 continues a theme that was started in Federalist No. 41; it is titled, "The Powers Conferred by the Constitution Further Considered".

Here, Madison contends that the grant of specific powers to the federal government actually operates to limit the power of the federal government to act with respect to the states.


The question

In Federalist No. 41, Madison had delineated six classes of power granted to the federal government:

  1. Security against foreign danger;
  2. Regulation of intercourse with foreign nations;
  3. Maintenance of the harmony and proper intercourse among the States;
  4. Miscellaneous objects of general utility;
  5. Restraining the States from certain injurious acts;
  6. Provisions for giving due efficacy to all of these powers.

Madison returns in Federalist No. 42 to classes two and three.


The Supreme Court of the United States, which has frequently cited the Federalist Papers as a source indicating the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, has cited Federalist No. 42 more frequently than any other contribution to the collection.[1]


  1. ^ Ira C. Lupu, "The Most-Cited Federalist Papers." 15 Constitutional Commentary 403-410 (1998).

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