James Monroe was born on April twenty-eight, seventeen fifty-eight. He was born in Westmoreland County of Virginia. His father's name was Spence Monroe who came from a Scottish family that settled in the mid-1600. His mother was Elizabeth Jones who settled from Wales and lived in Virginia for several years. He was their first of four sons and they also had a daughter.
He was tutored at home until he was twelve then his father sent him to school. His father sent him to the School of Archibald Campbell. To get to school he was required to go through the forest. While on his trip through the woods he often carried a rifle and shot small game. At the age of sixteen he entered into the College of William and Mary. Two years later he had joined the army and was a lieutenant of the Continental Army. He saw action soon afterward in the fall of 1776 at Harlem Heights and the White Plains. Later on he fought at the Battle of Trenton and was wounded in the shoulder. His superior officers complimented for his courageous and brave efforts.
In the year 1778 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel with mission to raise troops in Virginia for the war effort. His efforts to accomplish his mission may have failed but little to his knowledge at the time it would greatly influence his life greatly. This is because on his mission to Virginia he met Thomas Jefferson who was currently the governor of the state. Soon after he became Thomas Jefferson's pupil and started to study law under him. Even though he was his teacher they became friends and Jefferson offered guidance to him.
In 1783 he won a seat on the Virginia assembly then the next year of 1783 he was elected to the congress of the confederation. Monroe was opposed to a highly centralized government but he supported moderate measures. He worked diligently to aid pioneers in getting the right to travel on the Mississippi river. Another thing he did was aid Jefferson in making... [continues]
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