James Monroe Day


WHEREAS,James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Spence Monroe and Eliza Jones Monroe, on April 28, 1758, and studied law under Thomas Jefferson at the College of William & Mary; 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 helped 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,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, 2014, marks the 256th 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, 2014, as JAMES MONROE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.