James Monroe

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James Monroe “The Last Cocked Hat,” “Era-of-Good-Feelings President”:

Born : April 28, 1758 Died: July 4, 1831 James Monroe “The Last Cocked Hat,” “Era-of-Good-Feelings President”

James Monroe:

James Monroe Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the third of them to die on Independence Day. “Monroe was so honest that if you turned his soul inside out there would not be a spot on it.” – Jefferson

State / Home:

State / Home Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia and lived in Virginia most of his life. He also lived in New York, Washington D.C., and was a diplomat in France.


Education He attended the College of William and Mary Studied law Graduated 1776


Occupation Became a lawyer in Fredericksburg, Virginia He was a soldier, diplomat, governor, senator, cabinet official, and our 5 th President.

How He Came to Politics:

How He Came to Politics As a youthful politician, he joined the anti-Federalists in the Virginia Convention. “With a group of classmates, he raided the arsenal at the British Governor's Palace, escaping with 200 muskets and 300 swords, which the students presented to the Virginia militia. He became an officer in the Continental Army in early 1776 and, shortly thereafter, joined General George Washington's army at New York. “(Preston)

He is a Founding Father Because…:

He is a Founding Father Because… Helped ratify the constitution at the Virginia Convention Was one of the main supporters of the Bill of Rights

Signer, Framer, or Contributor?:

Signer, Framer, or Contributor? James Monroe was a contributor While he played an important part in the Founding of our country he did not sign either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.

Founding Fathers He Was Close To:

Founding Fathers He Was Close To Served under George Washington Studied law with Thomas Jefferson Many of his policies were backed by James Madison

Major Writings:

Major Writings Writings (7 vols., 1898–1903), ed. by S. M. Hamilton Autobiography (1959), ed. by Stuart G. Brown and Donald G. Baker

Political Positions :

Political Positions Democratic-Republican Anti-Federalist

Ideas he Supported :

Ideas he Supported Bill Of Rights Louisiana Purchase The Missouri Compromise Monroe Doctrine: cornerstone of American foreign policy

Ideas He Opposed :

Ideas He Opposed Voted against ratification in the beginning because he was holding out for the inclusion of a bill of rights. Did not want to surrender taxation powers to the central government

The End:

The End By: Sydnie nording


Bibliography Beschloss, Michael and Sidey, Hugh . “ James Monroe.” “ The Presidents of the United States of America.” White House Historical Association. 2009. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamesmonroe Preston, Daniel . “American President James Monroe (1758–1831).” University of Virginia. 2012. http://millercenter.org/president/monroe “American President A Reference Resource: James Monroe” University of Virginia. 2012. http://millercenter.org/president/monroe/essays/biography/1

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