“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

James Monroe

1758 - 1831


— Soldier * Patriot * Statesman —

James Monroe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary D. Carter, September 21, 2008
1. James Monroe Marker
Inscription.  This marks the birthplace of James Monroe, April 28, 1758
Westmoreland County, Virginia

Attended college of William & Mary; Officer, Continental Army, American Revolution; Married Elizabeth Kortright, 1786; US Senator; Minister Plenipotentiary to France and then to England; Represented the United States in Spain; Governor of Virginia; Signed treaty of Louisiana Purchase; Negotiated to acquire Florida; Secretary of State; Secretary of War; Fifth U.S. President, 1817-1825; Promulgated Monroe Doctrine, 1823; Died July 4, 1831, Buried Hollywood Cemetery; Richmond, VA.

Placed by the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution
April 24, 2004       Mary Jane Irwin Davis, State Regent

Presented 26 April 2008 by the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution
Bana Weems Caskey - State Regent 2007-2010
Patricia Hatfield Mayar - Honorary State Regent * State Regent 2004-2007
Sine Die
Erected 2008 by Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
James Monroe Markers image. Click for full size.
By Gary D. Carter, September 21, 2008
2. James Monroe Markers
Looking west towards main road and marker. This was taken about halfway between the homesite and the main road. Roadside marker, stone marker, and this marker can be seen in the distance.
Click or scan to see
this page online
War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 28, 1875.
Location. 38° 14.525′ N, 76° 59.422′ W. Marker is near Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on James Monroe Highway (Virginia Route 205), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of James Monroe (here, next to this marker); Birthplace of Monroe (here, next to this marker); Soldier - Statesman President James Monroe (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonial Beach Roll of Honor (approx. 1.7 miles away); Charles B. Smith (approx. 3.3 miles away); History at Oak Grove (approx. 4.1 miles away); Westmoreland Association (approx. 4.1 miles away); Link to the World (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
James Monroe image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. James Monroe
This 1816 portrait of James Monroe by John Vanderlyn hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1820, White House incumbent James Monroe stood virtually unopposed in his bid for a second term, an expression of the so-called ‘Era of Good Feelings’ that set in after the War of 1812 and was marked by a temporary halt in two-party factionalism.

Monroe brought to his presidency a style that meshed well with this rancorless climate. When, for example, he vetoed public improvements legislation, he offered Congress suggestions for accomplishing the same end through means that circumvented his Constitution-based objections. The most enduring legacy of his administration, however, was the Monroe Doctrine, which registered opposition to European meddling in the Western Hemisphere. It ultimately became a keystone of American foreign policy.

The restrained coloring and brushwork in Monroe's portrait by John Vanderlyn testifies to the strong influence of French neoclassicism during the artist's years of study in Paris. It may also reflect Monroe's own tastes, which ran to the French as a result of several diplomatic missions to Paris.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2008, by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,006 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 23, 2008, by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 24, 2008, by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 18, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

Share This Page.  
Share on Tumblr

Paid Advertisement
May. 13, 2021