James Monroe Fast Facts

Fifth President of the United States

Portrait of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, circa 1800
Portrait of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, circa 1800.

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James Monroe (1758-1831) was a true American Revolution hero. He was also a staunch anti-federalist. He was the only person to have served as the Secretary of State and War at the same time. He easily won the election of 1816 with 84% of the electoral vote. Finally, his name is forever immortalized in America's foundational foreign policy code: The Monroe Doctrine. 

Following is a quick list of fast facts for James Monroe.
For more in depth information, you can also read the: James Monroe Biography


April 28, 1758


July 4, 1831

Term of Office:

March 4, 1817-March 3, 1825

Number of Terms Elected:

2 Terms

First Lady:

Elizabeth Kortright

James Monroe Quote:

"The American continents . . . are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. " - From the Monroe Doctrine
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Major Events While in Office:

  • First Seminole War (1817-1818)
  • Convention of 1818 (1818)
  • Florida purchased from Spain - Adams-Onís Treaty(1819)
  • Missouri Compromise (1820)
  • Cumberland Road Bill (1822)
  • Monroe Doctrine (1823)

States Entering Union While in Office:

  • Mississippi (1817)
  • Illinois (1818)
  • Alabama (1818)
  • Maine (1820)
  • Missouri (1821)

Related James Monroe Resources:

These additional resources on James Monroe can provide you with further information about the president and his times.

James Monroe Biography
Take a more in depth look at the fifth president of the United States through this biography. You'll learn about his childhood, family, early career, and the major events of his administration.

War of 1812 Resources
The fledgling United States needed to flex its muscle one more time to convince Great Britain it was truly independent. Read about the people, places, battles, and events that proved to the world America was here to stay.

War of 1812 Timeline
This timeline focuses on the events of the War of 1812.

Revolutionary War
The debate over the Revolutionary War as a true 'revolution' will not be resolved. However, without this struggle America might still be part of the British Empire. Find out about the people, places, and events that shaped the revolution.

Chart of Presidents and Vice Presidents
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