James Monroe wasn’t born to live an ordinary life, but an extraordinary one. He was born April 28, 1758, in his parents house in a forest area of Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father Spence Monroe (1727-1774) worked as a planter and carpenter. James’s mother Elizabeth Jones (1730-1774) married his father in 1752 and they both had several children together.
James grew up with his siblings by the same teachings of his mother. His parents died when he was a teenager. When he became of age, he attended the College of William and Mary and fought in the Continental Army. After he was wounded in New York serving in George Washington’s army he met Elizabeth Kortright. They got married on February 16, 1786, when he was twenty-seven and Elizabeth was seventeen. When he realized he could not become as wealthy as his father he broadened his horizons, moved and practiced law along with politics in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The couple had three children together- Eliza, James, Maria
When he was a young politician he became an anti-Federalist at the Virginia Convention, which helped ratify the Constitution. Then in 1790, Monroe was elected U.S. Senator. From 1794 to 1796 Monroe served as minister to France, which helped him and Robert R. Livingston negotiate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Later in 1799, he was elected governor of Virginia. There he served three one-year terms.
On his road to becoming president he started as the Republican choice to be president in 1816.
he did not win the election, but he won the re-election in 1820, as the Democratic-Republican candidate. He became the fifth President of the United States of America with Vice President Daniel Tompkins. This started his road to his extraordinary legacy he leaves us with today.
James Monroe started off his presidency by making strong Cabinet choices,such as John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State. Calhoun was from the South and Adams was from the North, which was very unusual placement in the cabinet but turned out to be a brilliant decision. After that he went on a goodwill tour of the...