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1city N La. pop 53,107 2city N.C. SE of Charlotte pop 26,228

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Monroe, James, 1758-1831, 5th President of the United States (1817-25), b. Westmoreland co., Va. Early Life Leaving the College of William and Mary in 1776 to fight in the American Revolution, he served in several campaigns and was wounded (Dec., 1776) at the battle of Trenton. He later studied law (1780-83) under Thomas Jefferson, and the friendship that sprang up between them was the foundation for Monroe's political career. Political and Diplomatic Career Monroe was elected to the Virginia legislature in 1782 and served (1783-86) in the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. He was not a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and in his own state he supported Patrick Henry in opposing the Constitution, which seemed to him to create a government so centralized that it encroached on states' rights. Under the new government, he served (1790-94) in the...    Continue Reading
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