MEDIA
James Monroe seated it his desk covered with papers, books and his pen and ink
Original Author: Gilbert Stuart
Created: ca. 1820–1822
Medium: Oil on canvas

James Monroe

James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, poses at a desk with books and papers in this three-quarter-length portrait by the artist Gilbert Stuart. Before becoming president, Monroe served in the Continental Congress and the Continental army and in various political posts, including U.S. senator, governor of Virginia, minister to France and then Great Britain, secretary of state and secretary of war.

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