James Monroe

Pamphlet from the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia



  • Fifth President (1817-1825)
  • Birthday: April 28, 1758 (Friday)
  • Birthplace: Monroe Hall (Westmoreland), Virginia
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Date of Death: July 4, 1831 (Monday)
  • Place of Death: New York City, New York
  • Place of Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Cause of Death: Tuberculosis
  • Age: 73 years old
  • Length of Retirement: 2313 days
  • Religion: Episcopal
  • Party: Democratic-Republican

James Monroe Offices Held

  • Secretary of War (1814-1815)
  • Secretary of State (1811-1817)
  • Minister to the United Kingdom (1803-1808)
  • Governor of Virginia (1799-1802)
  • US Minister to France (1794-1796)
  • Senator from Virginia (1790-1794)
  • Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia (1783-1786)

James Monroe Nicknames

  • The Era of Good Feeling President
  • The Last Cocked Hat

James Monroe Pets

  • Dogs (one was named Sebastian)

James Monroe Personal Traits

  • Height: 6 feet – 0 inches

James Monroe Quotes

Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all - liberty.
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong.
At no period of our political existence had we so much cause to felicitate ourselves at the prosperous and happy condition of our country.
To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.
The public lands are a public stock, which ought to be disposed of to the best advantage for the nation.
The American continents ... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. (From the Monroe Doctrine).
If America wants concessions, she must fight for them. We must purchase our power with our blood.
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
National honor is the national property of the highest value.

James Monroe Timeline – Family

  • 1727 Spence Monroe (Father) born.
  • 1730 Elizabeth Jones Monroe (Mother) born in King George, Virginia*.
  • 1752 Spence Monroe (Father) marries Elizabeth Jones (Mother).
  • 1754 Elizabeth Monroe Buckner (Sister) born in Westmoreland, Virginia.
  • April 28, 1758 James Monroe born in Westmoreland, Virginia.
  • 1759 Spence Monroe (Brother) born in Westmoreland, Virginia.
  • 1763 Andrew Monroe (Brother) born in Westmoreland, Virginia.
  • 1764 Joseph Jones Monroe (Brother) born in Westmoreland, Virginia.
  • June 30, 1768 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (Wife) born in New York City, Province of New York.
  • February 16,1774* Spence Monroe (Father) dies.
  • 1774 Elizabeth Jones Monroe (Mother) dies.
  • 1774 Spence Monroe (Brother) dies.
  • February 16, 1786 James Monroe marries Elizabeth Kortright in New York City, New York.
  • December 5, 1787 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe Hay (Daughter) born in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • May 1799 James Spence Monroe (Son) born in Richmond, Virginia.
  • September 28, 1800 James Spence Monroe (Son) dies in Richmond, Virginia.
  • September 1802 Elizabeth Monroe Buckner (Sister) dies.
  • May 20, 1803 Maria Hester Monroe Gouverneur (Daughter) born in Paris, France.
  • August 6, 1824 Joseph Jones Monroe (Brother) dies.
  • December 2, 1826 Andrew Monroe (Brother) dies.
  • September 23, 1830 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (Wife) dies in Richmond, Virginia.
  • July 4, 1831 James Monroe dies in New York City, New York.
  • January 27, 1840 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe Hay (Daughter) dies in Paris, France.
  • June 20, 1850 Maria Hester Monroe Gouverneur (Daughter) dies in Oak Hill, Virginia.
  • * There were several different listing for this, but this seemed to be the most detailed.

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