Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Statesman at Home and Abroad
As a friend of humanity, I rejoice in the French Revolution, but as a citizen of America, the gratification is a greatly increased.
(James Monroe, 1791)
1794: Commissioned Minister to France by President George Washington
1799: Elected Governor of Virginia; reelected in 1806 and 1801
1799: Second child, James Spence Monroe, born (dies in 1800)
1800: Takes executive action to quell slave uprising known as Gabriel's Rebellion
1802: Third child, Maria Hester Monroe Gouverneur, born
1802: Oversees completion of state penitentiary and manufactory of arms
1803: Made Minister to France, Spain, Great Britain by President Thomas Jefferson
1803: With Robert Livingston, negotiates Louisiana Purchase Treaty with France
Erected by The James Monroe Memorial Foundation. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Government & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce • Law Enforcement. 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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1794.
Location. 38° 14.422′ N, 76° 59.247′ W. Marker is in Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from James Monroe Highway (Virginia Route 205) 0.3 miles north of Old Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4460 James Monroe Hwy, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Service to the Commonwealth (within shouting distance of this marker); Prelude to the Presidency (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary Idealist (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Era of Good Feelings" (about 400 feet away); Interpreting the Birthplace Site (about 500 feet away); Birthplace of James Monroe (about 500 feet away); Birthright and Beginnings (about 500 feet away); Monroe's Childhood Home (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.