James Monroe

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James Monroe



James Monroe
(1817-1825)

James Monroe was born in Westmoreland county Virginia, on April 28th, 1758. His father
was Spence Monroe. He came from a Scottish family, but settled in Virginia in the mid
sixteen hundreds. James was the eldest of four boys and one girl.

In 1786, Monroe married a seventeen-year-old girl named Elizabeth Kortright on June 30,
1768. Together they had two daughters named Eliza and Maria, and a son but he died at the
age of two.

James Monroe had a good education. He studied at home with a tutor until he was twelve.
Then his father sent him to the school of Parson Archibald Campbell. He had to leave home
early in the morning just to reach school on time. Often he would carry a rifle so he
could shoot game on his way through the woods. At the age of sixteen, James entered the
college of William and Mary. But soon after enrolling, he would leave college, and join
the revolutionary war.

Monroe began his political career in 1782, when he won a seat in the Virginia assembly.
In 1783, he was elected to the Congress Of The Confederation, where he served three years.
In 1786, Monroe started practicing law in Fredericksburg, Virginia. But soon after, he
ran for the Virginia assembly again and remained in the assembly for four years. In 1790,
Monroe was elected to the United States Senate. He was a democratic republican. In 1794,
president George Washington appointed James Monroe, Minister to France. During his talks
in France, Monroe criticized Jay’s treaty between United States and Britain, as “The most
shameful transaction I have ever known”. In 1799, Monroe was elected governor of
Virginia. He played an important part in preserving democratic processes.

In 1817, James Monroe was elected president of the United States of America. Daniel D.
Tompkins was his Vice president. Monroe’s presidency was known as “The era of good
feeling”. During this period, the Federalists Party disappeared. The country prospered
because of its fast growing industries. In Monroe’s first term, he devised a plan called
“The American System”. This proposed to strengthen the nation in two ways. The first way
was to construct new roads and build canals to open up the west. One of the major
occurrences during Monroe’s presidency was the Monroe Doctrine. This occurred when the
British Foreign Minister asked for the help of the U.S. in the help of the hostility in
South America. What this Doctrine stated was that the United States would regard any
interference with internal affairs would be regarded as an unfriendly act. Monroe also
included a declaration aimed at the Russians, stating that to stay away from the American
continents, which were very close to further colonization from the

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