Monroe Timeline

1758 – April 28, born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on the Northern Neck
1774-76 – Attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
1776-80 – Joined the Continental Army’s Third Virginia Regiment, wounded at the Battle of Trenton and promoted to captain for conspicuous gallantry, wintered at Valley Forge, fought at the Battle of Monmouth, received appointment to lieutenant colonel by Virginia legislature.
1780 – Studied law under Governor Thomas Jefferson in Williamsburg
1782-83 – Member of Virginia House of Delegates
1783-86 – Delegate to Confederation Congress
1786 – February 16, married Elizabeth Kortright; practiced law in Fredericksburg; December 5, birth of Eliza
1787-89 – Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
1788 – Member of Virginia Convention to ratify the U. S. Constitution
1789 – Moved to Charlottesville, Virginia
1790-94 – United States Senator from Virginia
1793 – Purchased “Highland” plantation adjacent to Jefferson’s Monticello
1794-96 – Minister to France for President George Washington
1799 – May, birth of James Spence; November 23, family moved to Highland
1799-1802 – Governor of Virginia
1800 – September 28, death of James Spence
1803 – Birth of Maria Hester; Envoy to France to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase
1803-07 – Minister to England and Spain for President Jefferson
1804 – Negotiator for purchase of Florida from Spain
1808 – October 17, marriage of Eliza at Highland
1810 – Member of Virginia General Assembly
1811 – Governor of Virginia
1811-17 – Secretary of State for President James Madison
1814-15 – Secretary of War for President Madison
1817 – October 17, laid cornerstone of Pavilion VII, the University of Virginia’s first structure, one mile west of Charlottesville
1817-25 – President of the United States; his presidency became known as the “Era of Good Feelings”
1820 – March 9, marriage of Maria Hester in the White House
1823 – December 2, the “Monroe Doctrine”; address to Congress declared first U.S. foreign policy
1826 – Highland sold
1827-31 – Member of Board of Visitors, University of Virginia
1829 – Chairman of Virginia Constitutional Convention
1830 – September 23, death of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
1831 – July 4, death of James Monroe in New York City
1858 – James Monroe’s body re-interred at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia