Who Was James Monroe?

Contributor: Nichole Brooker. Lesson ID: 11085

It's easy to get elected when you're handsome, popular, and no one runs against you! James Monroe contributed a lot to United States history, so create an essay or slideshow about our fifth president!


Social Studies, United States

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Intermediate (3-5)
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When the average American thinks of the Fourth of July, he or she typically envisions fireworks, barbecues, and the independence of the United States of America. Yet, this day marks the death of three American presidents. James Monroe was among those three, having died on July 4, 1831, the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Continue reading to learn about the contributions President Monroe made to the history of the United States!

James Monroe’s life and contributions to U.S. history

Good looks and a charisma can open doors for you as a politician, and James Monroe had those things. He was extremely well-liked and enjoyed working a crowd.

What affect do you believe personal appearance has on a career? Do you believe that it should or should not influence the amount of leverage one possesses?

Brainstorm some areas where outward appearance significantly impacts the outcome of a situation or decision. Should it happen in politics? Share your thoughts with an adult or peer.

James Monroe is credited with acquiring Florida from Spain, although John Quincy Adams (his Secretary of State) actually spearheaded the efforts and convinced Spain to sign over the land.

Isn’t it interesting that the facts of history sometimes gets skewed?

Watch Disney The American Presidents: James Monroe (below) to find out more details about his life as president:

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