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James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
|ep o nym|
A real or mythical person from whose name the name of a nation, institution, etc. is derived
[earlier name's sake] a person with the same name as another, esp. if named after the other
|Mont pel ier|
1. name of James Madison's home in Orange County, VA.
What's in a Name?
2. name of the James Madison University magazine
Montpelier bears the name of its eponym, the estate of James and Dolley Madison in Orange County, Va., which is
now a museum property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
An eponym, strictly speaking, is a real or mythical person from whose name the name of a nation, institution,
theory, movement or other entity is derived. Applied loosely, eponym is the opposite of namesake, so that JMU
considers its magazine the namesake of James Madison's estate.
More to the point, however, is that James Madison University is the proud namesake of James Madison. And by
naming its magazine Montpelier, JMU honors its own eponym, James Madison, for creating the governmental
structure that has made the United States the world's most pre-eminent and successful republic, and for his
roles as a Founding Father of the United States, its fourth president, former secretary of state, Father of the
U.S. Constitution, congressional representative, Virginia legislator, political theorist, philosopher and
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