Monroe City in Monroe County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fifth President of the United States 1817-1825
— Author of the Monroe Doctrine / Namesake of Monroe City and Monroe County —
James Monroe was born at Monroe's Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia on April 28, 1758 to Scots-Welsh parents. He attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia but left school to enlist in the Third Virginia Regiment, Continental Army in 1776. He crossed the Delaware River with General George Washington and was severely wounded in the Battle of Trenton which followed. He saw action in five other major battles, was cited for bravery and was promoted, eventually reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was the only President, other than President Washington, who served in the Continental Army. Following the War, he practiced law in Fredericksburg Virginia and served in two administrations which preceded his election. As a special emissary of President Thomas Jefferson, he helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase from France. A life-sized statue of Monroe appears along with the French representative and another American in a large sculpture on the north side of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on the bluff high above the Missouri River memorializing the Purchase. He died July 4, 1831, being the third President
This marker is the gift of Col. Robert Lewis Hawkins, Jr. U.S. Army and Elizabeth Hunter Hawkins, his wife, former residents of Monroe City. Six generations of the Hawkins family worshipped at St. Jude's Episcopal Church. His great grandparents, Joseph Lewis Hawkins and Sarah Orinda Cooper Hawkins, were the first couple married in the church and his grandfather, Mark C. Hawkins, their eldest child, was the first child christened in the church.
Erected by Robert Lewis Hankins, Jr. and Elizabeth Hunter Hawkins.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe series lists.
Location. 39° 39.244′ N, 91° 44.068′ W. Marker is in Monroe City, Missouri, in Monroe County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 24) south of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in front of Monroe City's City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 2nd Street, Monroe City MO 63456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Town of FloridaMark Twain (approx. 11.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.