Monroe, James, 1927, Biographical Sketch
THE LAST of the Virginia dynasty that gave to the country four out of its first five presidents, James Monroe's two terms (1817 to 1825) cover what is known as the "era of good feeling." Although as Secretary of War, under Madison, it was largely through his courage and vigor that Baltimore was saved from the British, and the Star Spangled Banner continued to wave over Fort McHenry, as Francis Scott Key has testified unto all generations, Monroe was essentially a lover of peace, and his "Monroe Doctrine" stands as one of the monumental peace documents of all times. With the exception of John Quincy Adams, he holds the record for continuous service to his country —49 years— and is the only President, except Washington, to ever have been unopposed at the polls. He negotiated the Louisiana purchase, and was responsible for the acquisition of Florida. He died at the age of 73, feeble and impoverished, as had been his two precedessors. Death occurred July 4, 1831, the third President to pass out on the birthday of the Republic.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 6.
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