James Monroe
Cause of Death Age Burial Location President Grave #
Heart failure; Tuberculosis
73 Richmond, Virginia 28th visited

Conveniently for presidential
grave hunters, there are two U.S.
presidents buried in Richmond's
Hollywood Cemetery: John Tyler

and James Monroe.

After his death on July 4, 1831, Monroe
was buried in New York City. He remained

there until he was returned to his native
Virginia in 1858.

Monroe's final resting place is
very unique and resembles a
giant, wrought iron bird cage.

Elizabeth Monroe's grave does not have
the uniqueness that her husband's has.
She is buried a few feet away from him.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* James Monroe was a member of the Continental Army, and was wounded at the Battle of Trenton. In Emmanuel Leutze’s 1851 painting titled Washington Crossing the Delaware
, Lt. Monroe is depicted standing next to General Washington, holding the American flag. Monroe did take part in the crossing that cold December night, but no records indicate that he did so in the same boat as General Washington. The lieutenant was injured in his left shoulder during the Battle of Trenton the following day.

* The Monroe administration, which lasted from 1817 to 1825, took place during the time period known as the Era of Good Feelings. During the Era of Good Feelings, there were no partisan disagreements, meaning that there were no arguments or disputes between rival political parties at this time. That is one of the reasons why Monroe was re-elected to the presidency so easily.

* President Monroe ran unopposed in the 1820 election. He was able to carry each of the country's states and earned every electoral vote except one. William Plumer of New Hampshire voted for Monroe’s secretary of state, John Quincy Adams. This was to not only bring attention to his close friend Adams, but to also insure that George Washington would be the only president to be elected unanimously.

* Though believed by experts to be a decent president, Monroe would not be well known today if not for the famous policy that bears his name: the Monroe Doctrine. Introduced in 1823, the Monroe Doctrine was the United States' way of telling European countries that they were no longer allowed to establish colonies in either of the Americas. Any attempt to do so would be viewed by the U.S. as a threat, and would invoke a reaction from the United States, and, if necessary, military involvement. Despite the fact that the U.S. did not have a sizeable army nor navy at the time to back up this policy, it did succeed in halting European colonization in North and South America. The Monroe Doctrine, which has been reinforced and used by many presidents since James Monroe's time, is still in use today.

* Monroe's wife, Elizabeth passed away in September of 1830 at the age of sixty-two, prompting him to move in with his daughter in New York City. That is where he was when he passed away on July 4, 1831, becoming the third and most recent president to pass away on the anniversary of America's birth. Originally, the former leader was laid to rest in the New York City Marble Cemetery, but his body was disinterred twenty-seven years later and moved to Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery.

First Lady: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe

  - Spouse: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (m. 1786-1830)

Political Party:
Democratic-Republican Party

Vice President:
Daniel D. Tompkins

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