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MONROE, James [1758-1831] -- 5° POTUS

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MONROE, JAMES, fifth president of the United States, was born April 28, 1758, in the county of Westmoreland, Va., and graduated at William and Mary college in 1776.

After his term of office as president expired (1825), he retired to his residence in Loudoun county, Va., where he resided until 1831, when he removed to New York city, and took up his residence with his son-in-law.

He died on the 4th of July, 1831, so poor that he was buried at the expense of his relatives. He had been twenty-six years in public service. His presidency was known as the Era of Good Feeling.  -30-
 

Chronology

1776
Accepted commission as Lt. in the Continental line
1776-1778
Took part in battles of Harlem, White Plains, Trenton (where he was wounded), Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth
1778/11
Resigns his commission, leaving the army as a major
1782
Elected to the VA legislature
1783
Chosen as one of the executive council
1783-1786
A member of the continental congress
1785
Married Elizabeth Kortright
1787
Elected, again, to state legislature
1788
Member of convention to decide upon the adoption of the new constitution
1788-1794
Elected and served in U.S. Senate
1794
Appointed envoy extraordinary to the court of Versailles (France)
1796
Recalled.
1799-1702
Governor of VA
1803
Appointed envoy extraordinary to France, to negotiate for the purchase of Louisiana
1810
Elected again to legislature
1810
Commissioned minister plenipotentiary to England
1811/01
Elected again governor of VA
1811/04
After reconciliation with Madison, accepted appointment as secretary of state
1814/08-1815/03
Secretary of war (while retaining post at State)
1816
Elected 5th President of the United States; reelected 1820 (unopposed)
1816
First president to have first been a U.S. senator
1817
First presidential inauguration to be held out of doors
1817/03/04-1825/03/04
His term as POTUS
1819/05/11
First president to ride a steamboat (the Savannah)
1820/03/09
First White House marriage ceremony, of Monroe's daughter Maria Hester and Samuel L. Gouverneur
1821
First use of U.S. Marine Band to play at a presidential inauguration, a tradition followed at every one since.
1823/12/02
Promulgated the policy later termed the Monroe Doctrine
1824
Monrovia, in now Liberia, named -- the only non-American capital city named after a U.S. President.

Selected Works

  • The People: The Sovereigns
  • State Papers
  • Tour of Observation (1817)
  • View of the Conduct of the Executive in the Foreign Affairs of the United States
  • Bookmarks (off-site links)

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    Associated

    • Wife: ¤MONROE, Elizabeth [1768-1830] FLOTUS (to James Monroe)

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