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James Monroe – 5th President of the US

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5th President of the United States

5th President of the United States

As the last President of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the third President to have died on Independence day; James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States from 1817-1825. As a member of the anti-Federalist party, Monroe served as a delegate in the Continental Congress.  Monroe opposed ratification of the US Constitution claiming that it gave too much power to central government. Active in the new government , Monroe was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress.  Monroe gained executive experience as the Governor of Virginia and quickly gained national prominence as a diplomat in France when he helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

James Monroe was born in his parent’s home located in a wooded area of  Westmoreland County,  Virginia. On February 16, 1786 Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright Monroe in New York city. The had  three children; Eliza, James and Maria.  Eliza often served as the official White House hostess  (due to the illness of her mother) for her presidential father’s events. Upon the death of his wife in 1830 , Monroe moved to New York to live with his daughter Maria. Monroe died 55 years after the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 4th, 1831.

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