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James Monroe
(1758 - 1831)

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1758 Born 28 April
1774 Enters the College of William and Mary
1776 Leaves college to take part in the War for Independence
1777 Appointed volunteer aide-de-camp to William Alexander (“Lord Stirling“)
1778 At Washington’s solicitation, he receives a commission as lieutenant-colonel in a new regiment to be raised in Virginia
1780 Begins the study of law under Thomas Jefferson
1782 Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and chosen a member of the governor’s council
1783 Serves in the Congress of the Confederation until 1786
1786 Begins the practice of law at Fredericksburg, Virginia; marries Elizabeth Kortwright
1787 Chosen a member of the Virginia House of Delegates
1788 Is a member of the state convention which ratifies for Virginia the Federal constitution
1790 Elected to the United States senate
1794 Washington nominates Monroe as minister to France
1796 Monroe recalled from France
1797 Publishes "A View of the Conduct of the Executive in the Foreign Affairs of the United States"
1799 Monroe is chosen governor of Virginia and was twice re-elected, serves until 1802
1803 President Jefferson appoints Monroe envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to France (Louisiana Purchase), and he is commissioned as the regular minister to Great Britain
1804 Proceeds to Madrid to assist Pinckney in his acquisition of the Floridas
1807 Returns to the United States in December
1810 Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates
1811 Chosen governor, serves from January to November 1811; resigns to become secretary of state under Madison, a position he holds until March, 1817.
1814 Appointed secretary of war
1816 Elected president of the United States
1820 Re-elected president
1823 Presidential message of this December "Monroe Doctrine"
1826 Becomes a regent of the university of Virginia
1829 Member of the convention called to amend the state constitution
1831 Dies 4 July
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