Portrait of President James Monroe

James Monroe

5th President of the United States
Years in Office: 1817-1825
Party: Democratic - Republican

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President James Monroe was the last U.S. president who was also one of the Founding Fathers, and he had a pet parrot named Polly who often accompanied him to official functions, delighting guests with its entertaining antics.

James Monroe

James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, served two terms from 1817 to 1825 and is often referred to as the "Era of Good Feelings" President. Born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe had a distinguished political career before assuming the presidency. He played key roles in the American Revolution, serving in the Continental Army, and later participated in the drafting of the United States Constitution.

Monroe's presidency is marked by a period of relative national unity and economic growth. He is best known for the Monroe Doctrine, articulated in his annual message to Congress in 1823, which warned European powers against further colonization or intervention in the Western Hemisphere. This doctrine became a cornerstone of American foreign policy. Monroe's administration also oversaw the acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1819, the Missouri Compromise of 1820, and the establishment of diplomatic relations with new Latin American republics.

James Monroe left a legacy of nationalistic policies, diplomatic achievements, and a commitment to westward expansion, contributing significantly to the development of the United States during the early 19th century.

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