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James Monroe

James Monroe

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Did you know that James Monroe was a member of the Democratic Republican Political Party? Did you know that he became the fifth president of America in 1817 and is best known for the "Monroe Doctrine"? Read more about this and other interesting information on our fact sheet below

Fun Fact 1: James Monroe was born on April 28th, 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia

Fun Fact 2: His Family were descendents from Scotland who immigrated to America in the mid-17th century

Fun Fact 3: James Monroe had four siblings. Both of his parents had died by the time he had reached the age of 16

Fun Fact 4: At 58 years old in 1817, James Monroe became the fifth president of America. He and served for 8 years until 1825

Fun Fact 5: James Monroe is known for establishing the "Monroe Doctrine" this policy legislates that the United States would not allow European intervention within the Western Hemisphere

Fun Fact 6: James Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States

Fun Fact 7: On the same the year that James Monroe became president, the White House was painted white for the first time

Fun Fact 8: James Monroe fought in the Battle of Trenton and acted as scout during the Battle of Monmouth while serving in the Continental Army. He gained rank to the role of major and served for 12 years

Fun Fact 9: During his presidency, in 1819, America entered its first ever economic depression; it lasted just three years ending in 1821

Fun Fact 10: James Monroe was re-elected as President in 1820. This time became known as the "Era of Good Feelings" as there was opposition from other parties

Fun Fact 11: James Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright in 1786; together they had three children, two girls and a boy

Fun Fact 12: James Monroe is only person who has served the post of Secretary of War and Secretary of State, both at the same time - this happened during the War of 1812

Fun Fact 13: James Monroe was nicknamed 'The Last Cocked Hat'! The term 'Cocked Hats' was given to the presidents who played significant roles in the American revolution of independence; James Monroe was the last of these and as such became 'The Last Cocked Hat'

Fun Fact 14: James Monroe died on 4 July, 1831 in New York

Fun Fact 15: A famous quote by James Monroe is "The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil."

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