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James Monroe was born in Virginia in 1758. He was America’s President and the last who was a Founding Father of the U.S.A. He inherited his father’s plantation and when he was 16. In 1776 Monroe dropped out of to join the Army. He returned to academic life from 1780 to 1783 to law under Thomas Jefferson. He felt a legal would offer him “the most immediate rewards”.

In 1782, Monroe was to the Virginia House of Delegates and served in the Continental Congress 1783 and 1786. As a youthful politician, he the anti-Federalists in the Virginia Convention which ratified the Constitution. In 1790, he was elected as a United States Senator. He as Minister to France from 1794 to 1796 and negotiate the Louisiana Purchase.

His ambition and , together with the backing of President Madison, made him the Republican for the Presidency in 1816 and he was elected with little opposition. The Federalist opposition collapsed in disarray the end of his first term in office and won re-election unopposed in 1820 for second as President.

Monroe made strong Cabinet , naming a Southerner, John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and a northerner, John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State. In 1823 Monroe introduced a warning against European intervention in the Americas. Twenty years after he in 1831, this became as the Monroe Doctrine. It is still used by -day presidents.

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