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James Monroe

Member From: 1782 - 1811

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  • Birth Date: April 28, 1758 Birth Place:Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • Death Date: July 4, 1831
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Elizabeth Kortright - married Feb. 1786 until her death Sept. 1830
  • Children: Eliza (born in late 1786), James Spence Monroe (born in May 1799, died in September 1800), and Maria Hester (born in the spring of 1802)
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Education: College of William and Mary - 1774 - 1776Studied law under Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson - 1780
  • Military Service: Lieutenant - Continental Army’s Third Virginia Infantry Regiment 1776-1779; Lieutenant Colonel - Virginia Militia 1779 - ?
  • Occupation/Profession: Lawyer/politician
  • Additional Info Links: http://highland.org/discover-monroe/
  • Additional Info: 1782 Assembly-The seat of James Monroe became vacant upon his election to the Council.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Governor of Virginia - 1799 - 1802, January - April 1811
    President of the United States - March 4, 1817 - March 4, 1825; Served in the United States Senate - 1790
    Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation (1783–1786); U.S. Minister to France, (1794–1796); U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom, (1803–1808); Was twice Minister to France, and later Minister to England and to Spain. He became Secretary of State for the remainder of President James Madison’s two terms, and also served as Secretary of War during the War of 18127th U.S. Secretary of State*, (1811–1817); 8th U.S. Secretary of War, (1814–1815); 5th President of the United States, (1817–1825)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1782 King George
1787-1788 Spotsylvania Courts of Justice
Privileges & Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1788 Spotsylvania Commerce
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1810-1811 Albemarle Privileges and Elections (Chair)

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