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Chester Harding, 1 Sep 1792 - 10 Apr 1866  Search this
James Monroe, 28 Apr 1758 - 4 Jul 1831  Search this
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 76.2 x 63.5 x 2.5cm (30 x 25 x 1")
Frame: 90.2 x 77.2 x 7cm (35 1/2 x 30 3/8 x 2 3/4")
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James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States and last of the "Virginia Dynasty" that dominated national politics through the 1820s. Monroe served two terms (1816-24), and his administrations were largely holding patterns as the government began to deal with sectional interests, especially the issue of slavery, that would dominate the antebellum period. Despite his southern sympathies, Monroe sidestepped the issue of slavery and territorial expansion by signing the Missouri Compromise (1820), which balanced the number of slave states and free states admitted to the Union. He is best known for the Monroe Doctrine (1823), which defined the U.S. sphere of influence in the Americas and forbade European meddling in the area. The doctrine confirmed the country's coming of age and was the first step toward the United States becoming a world power.
Angeline Pickering Kneeland [Mrs. Henry Timothy Kneeland], New York; her daughters Edith Kneeland [d. 1964] and Vida Kneeland Pell [d. 1967], New York; her son Williamson Pell, Jr.; his widow Mrs. Williamson Pell, Jr.; sold in the mid-1970s by (Parke-Bernet 84) as unidentified subject; (Schillay & Rehs, New York); (Whitehall Antiques, Chapel Hill, N.C.); purchased 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sanders
James Monroe: Male  Search this
James Monroe: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Virginia  Search this
James Monroe: Military\Army\Officer\Revolution  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
James Monroe: Military\Army\Officer\Captain  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Monroe: Education\Administrator\University\Trustee  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Monroe: Politics and Government\Governor\Virginia  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of John L. and Ann Beal Sanders in honor of their children, Tracy Elizabeth Sanders Justus, Jane Nesbit Sanders, and William Hardy Sanders
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