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Elizabeth Monroe

James Monroe
A journalist commented about Mrs. Monroe: “Mrs. Monroe is an elegant, accomplished woman. She possesses a charming mind and dignity of manners.”

Born - June 30, 1768 in New York, New York

Parents - Captain Lawrence Kortright & Hannah Aspenwall Kortright

Married - February 16, 1786 to James Monroe

Children - Eliza James Spence (1786 – 1835),
J. S. (son, 1799 – 1801),
Maria Hester (1803 – 1850)

Post White House residence - Oak Hill, Virginia

Died - September 23, 1830 in Loudon County, Virginia

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  • Before the White House, the Monroes lived abroad while Mr. Monroe served as a foreign minister in France, Great Britain, and Spain.
  • Mrs. Monroe introduced European style furniture to the White House after her many years living aboard.
  • Mrs. Monroe’s daughter, Maria, was married in the White House.
  • During their time in France, Mrs. Monroe played a crucial role in securing the release of Madame LaFayette from prison.

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