The Life and Times of James Monroe

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  • James Monroe's birth

    James Monroe's birth
    On the date, April 28, 1758, James Monroe was born. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to Spence Monroe and Elizabeth Jones Monroe. Spence was a moderately prosperous planter and carpenter whose family emigrated from Scotland in the mid-1600s.
  • Serving with Washington at Trenton

    Serving with Washington at Trenton
    Monroe joined the Continental Army, becoming an officer in 1776, and was part of General Washington's army at the Battle of Trenton, where he was severely wounded.
  • Studied law with Thomas Jefferson at the College of William and Mary

    Studied law with Thomas Jefferson at the College of William and Mary
    the College of William and Mary offered a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree; Jefferson, however, chose to complete his studies in two years and then to focus on reading law with Williamsburg lawyer George Wythe.
  • Member of Articles of Confederation Congress

    Member of Articles of Confederation Congress
    Monroe was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1782 and was chosen a member of the governor's council.
  • Married Elizabeth Kortright

    Married Elizabeth Kortright
    Elizabeth Jane Monroe, was the First Lady of the United States from 1817 to 1825, as the wife of James Monroe, President of the United States.
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    Minister of England, France, and Spain

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    Governer of Virginia

  • secretary of state and war

    secretary of state and war
    in 1811, Monroe became convinced that a declaration of war against Great Britain was the best option to change offensive British policies. Monroe skillfully managed the expansion of the U.S. military occupation of Florida and served as acting Secretary of War during the War of 1812.
  • Inaugurated for his first term of president

    Inaugurated for his first term of president
    The first inauguration of James Monroe as the fifth President of the United States was held on Tuesday, March 4, 1817, in front of the Old Brick Capitol, where the Supreme Court building now stands.
  • Inaugurated for his second term of president

    Inaugurated for his second term of president
    The second inauguration of James Monroe as President of the United States was held on Monday, March 5, 1821, in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.
  • James Monroe's death

    James Monroe's death
    In 1772, after the death of a close friend, Madison suffered from a number of seizures that were categorized as being epilepsy, although have since been re-diagnosed as epileptoid hysteria. At this time, he also had depression and hypochondria.