Nickname: Last Cocked Hat
Years in office: 1817–1825
Political party: Democratic-Republican
Birthday: April 28, 1758
You have likely seen this iconic painting before, but did you know there are two future presidents depicted here? Washington takes center stage in this painting, leading his men across the Delaware on December 25, 1776. But, next to him, holding the flag, is James Monroe. It isn’t perfectly accurate (Monroe and Washington were actually on different boats), but it does bring to light the Revolutionary War service of our fifth president.
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James Monroe was the last of the Virginia Dynasty who served as president during our founding era. The Federalist party had all but disappeared. Monroe, a framer of the Constitution and Revolutionary War hero, easily won.
President Monroe ran unopposed in this election. Only one elector cast a vote for John Quincy Adams, possibly to protect the legacy of the unanimously elected Washington, or possibly because he did not like Monroe.
Colonial Beach, VA
Highland, Charlottesville, VA
CROSSING THE DELAWARE
Washington Crossing, PA
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Library of Congress, loc.gov
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The White House, whitehouse.gov
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