James Monroe Day


WHEREAS,James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on April 28, 1758; and

WHEREAS, James Monroe studied law under Thomas Jefferson at the College of William & Mary, cutting his academic career short to join the military; and

WHEREAS,James Monroe fought with the Continental Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Revolutionary War, earning recognition from General George Washington as “a brave and active officer;” and

WHEREAS,as a young political leader, James Monroe supported the efforts of fellow Virginian James Madison to help ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, and in 1790, he was elected to represent the Commonwealth as a United States Senator; and

WHEREAS,James Monroe was the United States' Minister to France from 1794-1796 and, along with Robert R. Livingston, negotiated the Louisiana Purchase; and

WHEREAS, in 1799, James Monroe became the 12th Governor of Virginia, where he would go on to later serve again as the 16th Governor of Virginia in 1811; and 

WHEREAS,James Monroe served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817-1825, during which time he signed the Monroe Doctrine, which denounced European intervention and colonization in the Western Hemisphere; and

WHEREAS,April 28, 2016, marks the 258th birthday of James Monroe, a dedicated public servant and leader in both Virginia and American history;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 28, 2016, as JAMES MONROE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.