Ten fun facts about James Monroe
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James Monroe was born in 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He attended Campbell town Academy between 1769 and 1774 and was an excellent student.
He dropped out of college in 1775 to join the Continental Army and was part of General George Washington’s army at the Battle of Trenton.
Monroe studied law under Thomas Jefferson and entered the Virginia House of Delegates in 1782. He was elected to the Continental Congress the following year.
James Monroe initially opposed the Constitution but eventually supported the document.Fact 5
In 1794, he was named Minister to France by President Washington.Fact 6
In 1799, Monroe was elected Governor of Virginia. He replaced the previous secretary under James Madison during the War of 1812 and held two cabinet posts under the same president.Fact 7
Monroe ran for president in 1816 and won a landslide victory. He is the only U.S president to have a foreign capital named after him (Monrovia, capital of the African nation, Liberia.)Fact 8
He formally announced to Congress on December 2, 1823, what would become known as the “Monroe Doctrine.”Fact 9
Monroe was one of the most dominant presidential candidates ever. He ran unopposed in the 1820 race, getting 81 percent of the vote.Fact 10
Monroe died on July 4, 1831 in New York. Click here for more people facts ❯
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