James Monroe Timeline
Timeline Description: James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States of America. He was one of the original Founding Fathers. He was also one of three Presidents at his time to die on July 4th.

Date Event
1758 James Monroe is born

James Monroe was born in Westmoreland, Virginia, in 1758.
1774 College of William and Mary

At sixteen years old, James left home to study at the College of William and Mary. However, he left college to enlist to fight in the War of Independence.
1780 Monroe gets his education

Mr. Monroe studied law under Thomas Jefferson until 1783. He was Jefferson's apprentice.
1790 Mr. Monroe is elected to the Senate

James Monroe was a young and upcoming politician. He followed Thomas Jefferson's practices, and he was elected to the United States Senate in 1790.
1794 James Monroe, ambassador to France (1794-1796)

Monroe worked with the French, smoothing ties and establishing relationships. His work as ambassador likely helped paved the way to the Louisiana Purchase later on.
1799 Governor of Virginia

After working as Ambassador, Monroe moved on to become the Governor of his home state, Virginia. He ended up being re-elected for a total of four terms.
1803 The Louisiana Purchase

Monroe helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase from France.
1812 War of 1812

During the war, Monroe continued working in government. He worked as the Secretary of State and the Secretary of War.
1816 James Monroe becomes President

The fourth US president, President Madison, backed Mr. Monroe for the presidential election, and Monroe easily won.
1817 Adding to the Union

During his presidency, Monroe added five states to America. They were Mississippi, Illinois, Alabama, Maine, and Missouri.
1818 Treaty of 1818

With the help of Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, Monroe was able to stretch the United States' property from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
1819 Missouri doesn't make it into the Union

Missouri's economy was going through a depression and they applied to join the Union as a slave state. President Monroe's administration denied their request, but the Missouri Compromise was eventually passed, which had a plan to get rid of slavery.
1820 Monroe is re-elected

With a good track record during his previous presidency, President Monroe won the re-election without any problems. He was known as naming strong, influential people to his presidential cabinet.
1821 Florida is secured

President Monroe worked with his administration to purchase the Florida area. This secured it from being taken back by the Spanish.
1822 The Monroe Doctrine

Monroe's work toward making America secure became law. The Monroe Doctrine helped make it off-limits for other countries to come onto the American Continent to make new colonies.
1831 Monroe dies

President Monroe passed away after successfully serving two terms. He was 73 years old.