James Monroe (1758-1831)

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James Monroe (April 28, 1758July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817-1825), and the fourth Virginian to hold the office. Monroe, a close ally of Thomas Jefferson, was a diplomat who supported the French Revolution. He played a leading role in the War of 1812 as secretary of war and secretary of state under James Madison. Elected in 1816, his administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida (1819); the Missouri Compromise (1820), in which Missouri was declared a slave state; and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), declaring U.S. opposition to European interference. Although a long-time Democratic-Republican, Monroe deemphasized partisanship during his presidency, which became known as the Era of Good Feelings.


James Monroe, President of the USA, was born 28 April 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States to Andrew Spence Monroe (c1721-1774) and Elizabeth Jones (c1729-1806) and died 4 July 1831 in New York City, New York, United States of heart failure, tuberculosis. He married Elizabeth Kortright (c1760-1830) 16 February 1786 in New York City, New York, United States.
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Offspring of James Monroe and Elizabeth Kortright (c1760-1830)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eliza Monroe (1786-1835)
James Spence Monroe (1799-1801)
Maria Hester Monroe (1803-1850)


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