James Monroe was born April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, VA. His father was a successful planter. Both James’ parents died when he was a teenager. James Monroe attended the college of William and Mary. When he was 17, he raided a British armory (weapons storage) with several classmates. They took 200 muskets (guns) and 300 swords, which they gave to the Virginia militia.
James Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright Monroe in 1786. He was 27; she was 17. James Monroe worked in Thomas Jefferson’s law office and later opened his own practice. Monroe served in the Virginia Assembly, the Continental Congress, and the U.S. Senate. He was also governor of Virginia. He served in foreign affair positions for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. He had years of political experience when he became president.
Monroe served as president for two terms (8 years). During the early years of his presidency, Monroe went on a “Goodwill” tour, visiting many states. He also worked hard to establish positive relationships with other countries.
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