James Monroe - The Simple President
As seen in American history, there have been several presidents in which their significance were not greatly acknowledged, compared to the more well-known presidents such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, etc. Of these includes President James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States of America. Although there have been various opinions regarding Monroe and his presidency, he was in fact a successful president due to his achievements in office.
President James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia and died on July 4, 1831 in New York City. Monroe was from the farming class and was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. After, he was in government as a senator and governor, and eventually became the fifth president of the United States in 1816, under the Democratic-Republican Party. President Monroe held presidency for two terms and retired from politics in 1825. During his presidency, Monroe was basically loved and opposition was virtually inexistent, which is why this time was known as the “Era of Good Feelings” (Hart 64). Monroe was a man of the people and had a majority of the nation supporting him. President Monroe had many accomplishments that made him a successful president. First of all, Monroe had to deal with the first Seminole War, in which he sent Andrew Jackson to clean up that situation and this eventually led to Spain giving Florida to the United States because of Jackson’s invasion of the land without permission. Monroe also developed the Missouri Compromise of 1820. This compromise admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state and declared that no slavery was permitted above the 36’30 line in the Louisiana Purchase, except for Missouri. This compromise put off the issue of slavery for a short while which emphasized this “era of good feelings” as well. Another significant achievement by Monroe during his time in office was the Monroe Doctrine,...
Cited: Conference committee report on the Missouri Compromise, March 1, 1820; Joint
Committee of Conference on the Missouri Bill, 03/01/1820-03/06/1820; Record Group 128l; Records of Joint Committees of Congress, 1789-1989; National Archives.
Hart, Gary. James Monroe. New York: Times, 2005. Print.
Message of President James Monroe at the commencement of the first session of the 18th
Congress (The Monroe Doctrine), 12/02/1823; Presidential Messages of the 18th
Congress, ca. 12/02/1823-ca. 03/03/1825; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; National Archives.
The Presidential biographies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The Presidents of the United
States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.
Whitney, David C. The American Presidents. 9th ed. Garden City, NY: Reader 's Digest
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