April 28th, marks the 259th birthday celebration of the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe.
A Brief Biography
James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. After his father’s death, at the age of 16 he enrolled at the College of William and Mary to study law, however, his studies were cut short when he enrolled in the Continental Army. After the war, he studies law under Thomas Jefferson and eventually served in the Continental Congress in 1783. He was elected as the 5th U.S. President in 1817 and served for two terms until 1825.
Check out these 13 Facts About Founding Father James Monroe.
James Monroe’s Greatest Accomplishments
The Monroe Doctrine opposed European colonization of the Americas. Though Monroe is credited with it, it was actually written by hi Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams.
The Missouri Compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, and Maine as a free state to provide a balance between slave and free states.
Contemporaries & Historical Events
Do you ever wonder who else was around when major historical events were taking place or what else might have been happening at that time in history?
I like to keep an ongoing timeline of events as well as people. Some of James Monroe’s contemporaries were Thomas Jefferson, Noah Webster, James Madison, Louis XVI, Alexander Hamilton, Marie Antoinette, Mozart, LaFayette, Andrew Jackson, Francis II, and Napoleon.
At this same time in history:
- In 1818 Mary Shelley published Frankenstein
- In 1820 The Venus de Milo was excavated
- In 1822 Jean-Francois Champollion deciphered the Rosetta Stone
Books and Online Articles
My recent American history obsession lead me to download The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness on Kindle. I’ve only skimmed through it so far but it looks promising.
I also picked up James Monroe: Fifth President 1817-1825 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents) at the library a few weeks ago and it was both entertaining and informative. It’s well suited for younger audiences.
Kid friendly biography of the 5th President on the Ducksters Education Website.
Do you have any James Monroe resources to share?