James Monroe was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. A member of the Democratic-Republican Party, Monroe was the last president of the Virginia dynasty; his presidency coincided with the Era of Good Feelings. He is perhaps best known for issuing the Monroe Doctrine, a policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas. He also served as the governor of Virginia, a member of the United States Senate, the U.S. ambassador to France and Britain, the seventh Secretary of State, and the eighth Secretary of War. Born into a planter family in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. After studying law under Thomas Jefferson from 1780 to 1783, he served as a delegate in the Continental Congress. As a delegate to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, Monroe opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution.
|Born:||April 28, 1758, Monroe Hall, Virginia, British America|
|Died:||July 4, 1831, New York City, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Tuberculosis|
|Resting place:||Hollywood Cemetery|
|Children:||3, including Eliza|
|Education:||College of William & Mary|
|Vice President:||Daniel D. Tompkins|
|Preceded by:||James Madison|
|Succeeded by:||John Quincy Adams|
About James Monroe
The fifth President of the United States and the final Founding Father to be elected to the office. He died on July 4th, making him the third president to die on the date.
James Monroe Before Fame
He studied law under Thomas Jefferson before serving as an anti-federalist delegate from Virginia in the Continental Congress.
Achievement of James Monroe
He was the last president from the Virginia Dynasty and the Republican Generation.
James Monroe Family Life
His parents, Spencer Monroe and Elizabeth Jones, were wealthy plantation owners. He was married to Elizabeth Monroe from 1786 until her death in 1830.
Associations of James Monroe
He was appointed Minister to France in 1794, a volatile time in the country's history, and would be instrumental in Thomas Paine's release after Paine was arrested for publicly protesting Louis XVI's execution.
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