Monroe, James (1758-1831)

portions of 2 boxes

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

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Collection Creator: De Coppet, Andre, 1892-1953..

Dates: 1792-1830.

Extent: portions of 2 boxes

Languages: English.

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James Monroe (1758-1831) was an American politician who served in various high-ranking government positions including governor of Virginia, secretary of war, secretary of state, and fifth president of the United States (1817-1825). He is known for his influence on U.S. foreign policy, most notably through the Monroe Doctrine (1823), which opposed the interference of any European powers in the affairs of newly independent nations of the Western hemisphere. His letters in this collection reflect his involvement in international diplomacy as he wrote to and about various U.S. foreign ministers and affairs of state. Also included are a handful of letters dealing with his personal life and estate, which highlight financial difficulties and the sale of property in Europe and America. Miscellaneous documents at the end include a couple of speeches. [Some of the information provided in this finding aid was verified using: Preston, Daniel. A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001). ]

Preferred Citation

Monroe, James (1758-1831); 1792-1830; Andre De Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Letters 1792 June 18-1830 October 24 Explore Multiple Containers
    Documents 1794 August 15-1824 Explore Multiple Containers

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