James Monroe. James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States of America. He was President from March 4, 1817 until March 4, 1825. Before becoming President he held other political posts, including being the Governor of Virginia, United States Secretary of State, and United States Secretary of War. He was born April 28, 1758 in Monroe Hall, Virginia, British America and died July 4, 1831 in New York City, New York, U.S.
James Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright and they had three children. He went to College of William and Mary. He was a lawyer, farmer, plantation owner, and a college administrator for the University of Virginia following his Presidency.
James Monroe was in the Continental Army and the Virginia Militia. He was in the American Revolutionary War and was wounded in the Battle of Trenton when he was hit in the shoulder with a musket ball. Thankfully, a doctor was on hand to tend to his wound.
Due to trouble in the Federalist Party, James Monroe was easily elected President. Despite the Panic of 1819 and disputes over Missouri joining the union, James Monroe was easily re-elected for his second term. The Monroe Doctrine became important, landmark American foreign policy. He, also, supported founding colonies for free African Americans. The capital Monrovia, Liberia was named in his honor. Monroe, Michigan and Monroe County, Kentucky are two of the other places named to honor him. There are other tributes to James Monroe as well.
James Monroe’s life and Presidency seem to be filled with stories of controversies or contradictions. Despite these, he was President during the “Era of Good Feelings” and was a Founding Father of the United States. We can all feel inspiration from James Monroe. Have a bright day!