Elizabeth Monroe


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Summary of Elizabeth Monroe - First Lady of America
Our summary and fast facts about Elizabeth Monroe provides an interesting and easy way to learn about the life of the First Lady of President James Monroe. Elizabeth Monroe had a difficult task following Dolley Madison as First Lady. Elizabeth gained a reputation of being aloof and many disapproved of her European tastes. She took little interest in politics and insisted on maintaining a private persona. Elizabeth refused to socialize with most of the other wives of politicians, did not become involved in politics, and concentrated on redecorating and refurbishing the White House following the fire during the War of 1812.

Facts about Elizabeth Monroe - First Lady "La Belle Americaine"
Elizabeth Monroe undertook the role of First Lady to James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States who served in office from March 4, 1817 to March 4, 1825.  What was the life of Elizabeth Monroe like? The Facts about Elizabeth Monroe covers important information, dates and interesting facts about her birth, her early life, her family, her personality with a biography and the accomplishments of Elizabeth Monroe as the First Lady of the United States of America.

Facts about Elizabeth Monroe: Fact Sheet of Elizabeth Monroe
Facts and Info: This fast fact sheet provides important information about Elizabeth Monroe, First Lady of the United States of America.

Elizabeth Monroe Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President James Monroe
Relationship to President James Monroe: Wife
Date Elizabeth entered White House as First Lady: March 4, 1817
Term of Presidency: 1817-1825
When and where was Elizabeth Monroe born?  

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 Elizabeth  was born on June 30, 1768 in New York, NY
What was the name of her father and mother?
 The name of her parents: Captain Lawrence Kortright & Hannah Aspenwall Kortright
What was her relationship to President James Monroe?
 Elizabeth was his wife
When did she marry?
 They married on February 16, 1786
What are the names of her children?
 The names of her children were  Eliza James Spence (1786 1835), J. S. (son, 1799 1801), Maria Hester (1803 1850)
When and where did Elizabeth Monroe die?
 Elizabeth died on September 23, 1830 in Loudon County, Virginia
Elizabeth Monroe Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President James Monroe

Facts about Elizabeth Monroe: Fast Overview of Events in the White House
Facts and Info: Elizabeth Monroe assumed the position of First Lady to President James Monroe. She witnessed the important events of his presidency that included
the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 which declared against foreign colonization in the Americas and the First Seminole War.

Personality and Character: Elizabeth Monroe Quotes
Facts and Info: An insight into the personal views, character and personality of this First Lady may be obtained from the following Elizabeth Monroe quotes:

"Mrs. Monroe is an elegant, accomplished woman. She possesses a charming mind and dignity of manners."

Facts about Elizabeth Monroe: Her Nickname or Pet Name, "La Belle Americaine"
Facts and Info: This First Lady was known as
"La Belle Americaine"  because of her popularity in France due to her beauty, her fashionable appearance and also because her influence helped to gain the release and save the life of Adrienne de La Fayette during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution (1789 - 1799).  Adrienne de La Fayette was the wife of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French revolutionary leader who assisted the US during the American Revolutionary War.

Facts about Elizabeth Monroe: First Events
Facts and Info:
The marriage of her daughter, Maria Hester Monroe to Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur, was the first to take place in the White House.

Facts about the Causes and Accomplishments of Elizabeth Monroe
Facts and Info: First Ladies are not elected so have no official role. Their accomplishments are therefore based on their own particular wishes that ranged from political interests, humanitarian and charitable causes or duties relating to their family or social responsibilities. The causes and accomplishments of Elizabeth Monroe were focussed on the redecoration of the White House.

Facts about Elizabeth Monroe: The Life of Elizabeth Monroe
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Elizabeth Kortright married James Monroe on February 16, 1786. They had three children but their beloved son died in infancy. James Monroe had been appointed American minister to France in 1794, and his wife Elizabeth accompanied him to Paris where she was given the nickname "La Belle Americaine". James returned to the US and was elected President. Elizabeth Monroe found herself in the unenviable position of following in the highly popular Dolley Madison as First Lady. Elizabeth was unable to compete with her predecessors outgoing, vivacious personality. She was considered elitist and aloof by many and her wish to remain private led to many criticisms. Her refusal to follow in the footsteps of Dolley Madison, by making social calls on legislators' wives was seen as an insult and led to a awkward political situation that was raised at a meeting of the cabinet in December 1817. As her role was unofficial it was decided that she should be allowed to continue in her role as First Lady as she wished. And so she did, refusing to socialize and claiming ill health for her frequent disappearances from Washington. Elizabeth concentrated on making contributions to the re-decoration and refurbishment of the White House which had been set ablaze by the British during the War of 1812. Her exquisite taste and her knowledge of fine European furnishings led to many beautiful pieces of furniture added to the White House. At the end of his presidency, the family returned to their estate in Oak Hill, Virginia. Elizabeth Monroe died in 1830. Her husband, President James Monroe, died July 4, 1831. James and Elizabeth Monroe were buried beside each other in Richmond, Virginia.


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