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James Monroe

Fifth President 1817-1825
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Born: In Westmoreland County, Virginia, on April 28th, 1758.

Education: Monroe attended the College of William and Mary, studied law with Jefferson.

Occupation: Lawyer, diplomat, public official, fought in the American Revolution, 1775-78.

Religion: Episcopalian.

Family life: He married Elizabeth Kortright in February 1786, when the bride was not yet 18. They had two daughters Eliza, and Maria, and a son who died in infancy. In retirement at Oak Hill, Elizabeth Monroe died on September 23, 1830.

Political career: Elected to Virginia legislature during the Revolution; a member of Congress, 1783-86; served in United States Senate 1790-94. He was Madison's secretary of state, 1811-17. Served two terms as president, a peaceful period known as the "Era of Good Feeling."

Highlights of his presidency: Missouri Compromise admitted that state as a "slave" state. Acquired Florida from Spain. Announced the Monroe Doctrine as fundamental foreign policy position.

Appearance: Tall 6 feet, rugged, and athletic.

Died: On July 4, 1831 in New York, New York.

Burried: He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.


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  • Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
  • First Inaugural Address
  • Second Inaugural Address
  • The Monroe Doctrine:


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