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James Monroe
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5th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1825
Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins
Preceded by James Madison
Succeeded by John Quincy Adams
12th and 16th Governor of Virginia
In office
December 28, 1799 – December 1, 1802
Preceded by James Wood
Succeeded by John Page
In office
January 16, 1811 – April 2, 1811
Preceded by George William Smith
Succeeded by George William Smith
Personal details
Born (1758-04-28)April 28, 1758
Westmoreland County, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 4, 1831(1831-07-04) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
Signature Cursive signature in ink

James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States.

Early life

Monroe was born in Virginia. His father died at age 16. At age 18, he joined the Continental Army. He later studied law with Thomas Jefferson. Created the Monroe Doctrine and was included in the Louisiana Purchase. Many cities have been named Monroe.

He married Elizabeth Kotright in 1789.

Political life

Monroe did not want the United States Constitution to pass. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1790. He helped form the Democratic-Republican Party with Jefferson and James Madison.

Monroe was Governor of Virginia from 1799 - 1802.

Monroe negotiated the Louisiana Purchase.

Monroe was Madison's Secretary of State and Secretary of War.


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Presidential Dollar of James Monroe

Monroe was president from 1817 to 1825. With his Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, Monroe got Spain to give the United States Florida. Monroe and Adams also created the Monroe Doctrine, which was a policy that said that the United States did not want Europe to be involved in the Western Hemisphere anymore.

Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise. The compromise was to delay the slavery issue in the United States. Monroe was the last president to have fought in the American Revolutionary War. Monroe was the last President of the United States to be a founding father of the United States.


Monroe retired to Virginia. After his wife's death he moved to New York where he died on July 4, 1831.

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