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Definition: Fifth president, served two terms. Fought in the Revolutionary War. Delegate from Virginia to the Constitutional Convention. Served on diplomatic mission to France in 1803, helped convince U.S. to accept Louisiana Purchase. Governor of Virginia. During the War of 1812, he served both as Secretary of State and as Secretary of War, the only person ever to do this. As president, bought Florida from Spain and, in 1823, issued the Monroe Doctrine, which basically told European nations to leave Central and South America alone.

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James Monroe
More about this president for his election landslide and his Doctrine.

The Monroe Doctrine
The Monroe Doctrine is an American Government policy statement of nonintervention that has had wide-ranging if sporadic enforcement and uses since it was introduced.

The 19th Century
An overview of the time in which Monroe lived.

Elsewhere on the Web:
James Monroe Biography
From the Internet Public /library, this site gives a well-rounded picture of Monroe and his times.

Text of the Monroe Doctrine
Read for yourself how Monroe acted to protect American interests in the Southern Hemisphere.

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