James Monroe (1758–1831), fifth president of the United States, distinguished himself through both military and political accomplishments. Born into a modest Virginia farming family in 1758, he led the United States during a time of expansion and prosperity. His administration is best known for setting the Monroe Doctrine, an international policy that has been applied by presidents even in modern times. Despite all of his political and military successes, financial problems and large debts haunted him most of his life, even after leaving ...

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