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James Monroe was born in Westmoreland county Virginia on April 28th 1758 His father was Spence Monroe He came from a Scottish family but settled in Virginia in the mid sixteen hundreds James was the eldest of four boys and one girl In 1786 Monroe married a seventeen-year-old girl named Elizabeth Kortright on June 30 1768 Together they had two daughters named Eliza and Maria and a son but he died at the age of two James Monroe had a good education He studied at home with a tutor until he was twelve Then his father sent him to the school of Parson Archibald Campbell He had to leave home early in the morning just to reach school on time Often he would carry a rifle so he could shoot game on his way through the woods At the age of sixteen James entered the college of William and Mary But soon after enrolling he would leave college and join the revolutionary war Monroe began his political career in 1782 when he won a seat in the Virginia assembly In 1783 he was elected to the Congress Of The Confederation where he served three years In 1786 Monroe started practicing law in Fredericksburg Virginia But soon after he ran for the Virginia assembly again and remained in the assembly for four years In 1790 Monroe was elected to the United States Senate He was a democratic republican In 1794 president George Washington appointed James Monroe Minister to France During his talks in France Monroe criticized Jays treaty between United States and Britain as The most shameful transaction I have ever known In 1799 Monroe was elected governor of Virginia He played an important part in preserving democratic processes In 1817 James Monroe was elected president of the United States of America Daniel D Tompkins was his Vice president Monroes presidency was known as The era of good feeling During this period the Federalists Party
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