James Monroe

James Monroe was a jack of all trades. He was a lawyer, a statesman, diplomat, founding father, but he is mostly known for being the fifth president of the United States. He was born on April 28, 1758 and died July 4, 1831 at the age of seventy- three.

He was married to Elizabeth Monroe. Together they had three kids: Eliza Monroe Hay, James Spence Monroe (died as a child), and Maria Hester Monroe. As I was reading stories about Monroe’s life, it was clear to my that he truly adored his family. He took them with him when he travelled, he provided a great education for his daughters, and after the death of his wife Elizabeth, he, his daughter  and her husband moved to New York to be closer to his other daughter Maria.

He was also a great president from what we know from history. He oversaw the significant westward expansion of the United States. He also fought in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Then he began his long journey through his political career. He was a war hero at eight-teen. He was a law apprentice for Thomas Jefferson at the age of twenty-five, and he wrote the Monroe Doctrine at seventy-three.

He lived a full life. One full of love, respect, faith, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any pain or heartache either, there was. Just like you and me he his trials, he was forced to face his demons, but he came out the other side of it.

Thrive to be more, push yourself, and when those unbearable trials come, face them head on, and you too will come out on top.

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