Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator James Monroe

James Monroe

Painting (1816) by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852)

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

James Monroe
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Life dates: 28 April 1758-4 July 1831
Place of Residence (1789): Fredericksburg, Virginia
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Westmoreland County, Virginia
Age (March 4, 1789): 30
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: College of William and Mary
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Anti
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1794
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