James Monroe was born at Monroe’s Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to Scottish – Welsh parents. In 1774, he began studying at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. The next year, with Revolutionary War fever sweeping the country, he dropped out of school to join the Williamsburg Militia. He eventually enlisted in the Third Virginia Regiment in 1776, and at eighteen years of age he was crossing the Delaware River with General George Washington that December. He was later wounded at the Battle of Trenton, and camped during the next winter of 1777, at Valley Forge. James Monroe had a distinguished military career, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to Trenton, he fought in the battles of Harlem Heights, White Plains, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.
James Monroe was the last Revolutionary War officer to serve as President of the United States. He was elected in 1816 and 1820. The statue is from his home Ash Lawn-Highland in Albemarle County, Virginia.
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