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Transcript of James Monroe
*James Monroe was born April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia
*His mother was Elizabeth Jones Monroe and his father was Spencer Monroe
*At age 16 James went to college at College of William and Mary
*Joined the continental army
*He married Elizabeth Kortright on February 16, 1786
*James had 3 children; Eliza(1765-1840), James Spence(1799-1800), and Maria Hester(1803-1850)
What did James do?!
*James was only 18 when he first entered the Revolution
*He was commissioned a lieutenant by General Washington in New York
*He was seriously injured in Trenton and then served as an aide for 2 years.
*James was there during the winter of Valley Forge and then fought in the battle of Monmouth
*James studied Law with Thomas Jefferson and they became good friends which helped Monroe with his journey in life.
*He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and he won the election in 1783 to the Continental Congress
*Monroe worked with Jefferson and Madison to organize the Republican Party and helped with MANY other things also
*He served in the cabinet and then Monroe was elected as the 5th president of America in 1816
He also was involved in the writing of "Monroe Doctrine" which warned European powers not to interfere in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere.
James was the last of the revolutionaries to take office and the man responsible for establishing the United States' independence from European policy. (last founding father)
Impact on the American Politics
*When Monroe became president he was a legendary figure
*He led America out of oppression and into a new kind or society in which power came from the bottom up rather the top down(as in people)
*Monroe was known as a wonderful politic thinker
*He took everyday problems very serious and he transformed agencies to be more efficient
*Monroe was just all around a great impact on America; the people also really liked him!
In 1825, Monroe left office and retired to Virginia, where he helped preside over a new state constitution in 1829. After his wife died in 1830, Monroe moved in with his daughter in New York City, where he died on July 4, 1831, at age 73, of Tuberculosis.
Sworn in as president
Creating Monroe Doctrine
Post Political career and Death
His wife; Elizabeth Kortright
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