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Who Was President James Monroe?

Updated on December 18, 2015
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Monroe for Teachers, Students, & All Who Love to Learn

Looking for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about President James Monroe? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual Presidents of the United States. This is part of a series of lessons I posted on individual Presidents. You can find links to all the lessons at President's Day Unit Study .

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James Monroe White House portrait 1819
James Monroe White House portrait 1819 | Source

Just the Facts on Our 5th President

Presidential Term: 1817 - 1825

Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Vice President: Daniel Tompkins

Birthplace: Westmoreland County, Virginia

Occupation: Lawyer

Yearly Salary as President: $25,000

Height: 6'

First Lady: Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe

Great Worksheets, Lapbooks, Trivia, & Recipes

We found these to be helpful when creating a notebook, lapbook, and cooking project on President James Monroe.

James Monroe for Teachers offers links to lots of free worksheets covering James Monroe. Also included are book suggestions and general information.

James Monroe Lesson offers free links to worksheets, research information, and activities related to James Monroe.

John Monroe's Favorite Foods provides a description of some of Monroe's favorite dishes.

Presidential Statistics and Points of Interest includes an overview of James Monroe's life and some fun points of interest.

Our Favorite Children's Books on President James Monroe

Our Favorite Picture Book on James Monroe

James Monroe: Fifth President 1817-1825 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents (Paperback))
James Monroe: Fifth President 1817-1825 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents (Paperback))

This is a good overview of Monroe's life, with a focus on the significant events of his presidency. It has cute illustrations that keep the attention of both younger and older children.

 
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James Monroe: Young Patriot (Easy Biographies) by Bains - Image is from amazon.comHow To Draw The Life And Times Of James Monroe (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Miriam J. Gross - Image is from http://www.timberdoodle.com/James Monroe: Good Neighbor Boy (Childhood Of Famous Americans Series) by Mabel Cleland Widdemer - Image is from amazon.com
James Monroe: Young Patriot (Easy Biographies) by Bains - Image is from amazon.com
James Monroe: Young Patriot (Easy Biographies) by Bains - Image is from amazon.com
How To Draw The Life And Times Of James Monroe (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Miriam J. Gross - Image is from http://www.timberdoodle.com/
How To Draw The Life And Times Of James Monroe (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Miriam J. Gross - Image is from http://www.timberdoodle.com/
James Monroe: Good Neighbor Boy (Childhood Of Famous Americans Series) by Mabel Cleland Widdemer - Image is from amazon.com
James Monroe: Good Neighbor Boy (Childhood Of Famous Americans Series) by Mabel Cleland Widdemer - Image is from amazon.com

More of Our Favorite Children's Books

James Monroe: Young Patriot (Easy Biographies) by Bains is a good longer picture book biography on Monroe that covers his entire life. It has black and white illustrations. How To Draw The Life And Times Of James Monroe (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Miriam J. Gross is part of a wonderful series that combines the presidents of the United States with art. Even my 6 year old could follow the drawing directions and my 9 year old created some impressive drawings while learning more about James Monroe. James Monroe: Good Neighbor Boy (Childhood Of Famous Americans Series) by Mabel Cleland Widdemer is a chapter book that focuses on his childhood and the events that created him to be the man that he became. Only the last chapter addresses his accomplishments as an adult. This book includes black and white illustrations every few pages. It is ideal for an elementary aged child. My children really enjoyed this book!

Timeline of Major Events During Monroe's Presidency

Timeline of Major Events

1817
Mississippi admitted as 20th state
First Seminole War

1818
Design of U.S. flag established
Illinois admitted as 21st state
49th parallel set as the U.S. border with Canada

1819
Florida acquired from Spain
Alabama admitted as 22nd state

1820
Missouri Compromise
Monroe reelected for 2nd term
Maine admitted as 23rd state

1821
Missouri admitted as 24th state

1823
Monroe Doctrine

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Monroe's presidency is most noted for the Monroe Doctrine which stated that North and South America were closed to European colonization, and that Europe should refrain from involving the U.S. in European affairs.

James Monroe set some presidents when it came to inaugurations. His 1817 inauguration was the first to be held outdoors. At his 1821 inauguration, the U.S. Marine Band played, and that has continued on as a tradition for presidential inaugurations.

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Image credit: http://sentryman.org/id22.html

The years of Monroe's presidency were thought of as "the era of good feelings." Monroe was the last of the war heroes of the American War for Independence to be elected as president. He even continued to wear the old fashioned tricorn hat, knee breeches, and shoes with large buckles. He was so popular during his first term that no one ran against him for his second term in 1820. In fact, he received all but one electoral vote. The only reason for that was because the delegate from New Hampshire thought that George Washington should be the only president elected unanimously. (Info Credit: http://www.potus.com/jmonroe.html )


Our Favorite YouTube Video Clip on President James Monroe

Good Overview of James Monroe

This was our favorite YouTube clip that covers his presidency. It is appropriate for children to watch.

James Monroe's Tomb
James Monroe's Tomb | Source

Where was James Monroe buried?

James Monroe died shortly after visiting with John Quincy Adams. He died on July 4, 1831, making him the third president to have died on Independence Day, July 4. He was eventually buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. It has been described as "The Birdcage" because of its design. His tomb is near John Tyler's tomb.

James Monroe was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

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Hollywood Cemetery, Chesterfield, VA 23838, USA
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