At a Glance
Term: 5th President of the United States (1817-1825)
Born: April 28, 1758, Westmoreland County, Virginia
Nickname: "The Last Cocked Hat," "Era-of-Good-Feelings President"
Education: College of William and Mary (graduated 1776)
Marriage: February 16, 1786, to Elizabeth Kortright (1768-1830)
Children: Eliza Kortright (1786-1835), James Spence (1799-1800), Maria Hester (1803-1850)
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Writings: Writings (7 vols., 1898-1903), ed. by S. M. Hamilton; Autobiography (1959), ed. by Stuart G. Brown and Donald G. Baker
Died: July 4, 1831, New York City, New York
Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VirginiaA Life in Brief: James Monroe was the last American President of the “Virginia Dynasty” -- of the first five men who held that position, four hailed from Virginia. Monroe also had a long and distinguished public career as a soldier, diplomat, governor, senator, and cabinet official.
At a Glance
6th President of the United States (1825-1829)
Born: July 11, 1767, Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
Nickname: "Old Man Eloquent"
Education: Harvard College (graduated 1787)
Marriage: July 26, 1797, to Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852)
Children: George Washington (1801-1829), John (1803-1834), Charles Francis (1807-1886), Louisa Catherine (1811-1812)
Career: Lawyer, Senator, Diplomat
Political Party: Federalist, Democratic-Republican, Whig
Writings: Memoirs (12 vols., 1874-1877); Writings of John Quincy Adams (7 vols., 1913-1917)
Died: February 23, 1848, Washington, D.C.
Buried: First Unitarian Church, Quincy, MassachusettsA Life in Brief: Reared for public service, John Quincy Adams became one of the nation’s preeminent secretaries of state, but he proved to be the wrong man for the presidency. Aloof, stiff-necked, and ferociously independent, he failed to develop the support he needed in Washington, even among his own party