James Monroe Erika Sussman

Early Life/Childhood:

James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was born into a family with 7 other siblings: 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He grew up in a very poor household. Spence, his father was a planter and carpenter. On the other hand, his mother Elizabeth, was unemployed and passed away when James was 16 years old.


After previously being tutored. Monroe enrolled at Campbell-Town Academy. In 1774, James enrolled at The College of William and Mary for a higher education. But, he soon dropped out to join the rebellion against king George. He continued on to fight in two famous battles. After the battles, he stopped his war efforts and studied law under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson.


After James Monroe graduated he became a part of the rebellion against King George. He joined the Continental Army and fought in the Battle of Concord, and the Battle of Lexington. After these battles, he started studying law and became a lawyer under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson, at this time, the governor of Virginia.


The fifth president of the United States, President James Monroe served two terms from 1817 to 1825 as a part of the Democratic Party. He wanted to be in politics after being under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson when he was governing the state of Virginia. James Monroe purchased Florida from Spain, which contributed to what we call today the 50 states. He extended the United States' territory into the Pacific Northwest.


President Monroe was considered overall a good president. His time of presidency was named The Era Of Good Feelings, and he had a very positive effect. He left behind the Monroe Doctrine document which still is in place today. This stated that newly independent states would no longer tolerate the powers’ of Europe & interfere with the nations in the western hemisphere. James Monroe was one of the most qualified men to assume the office.

“Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all- liberty!”-James Monroe.

Fun Facts:

James Monroe's favorite food was spoon bread, which was like pudding with a pie crust covering the outside. James favorite color was green. His hobbies included riding and hunting. President Monroe was the third president to die on July 4th.


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