A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Elizabeth Monroe
First Lady: 1817 - 1825
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  • Elizabeth Monroe & Louisa Adams Program
  • Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Adams program: Opening clip
  • James Monroe Museum and Home in Virginia
  • Elizabeth Monroe's style and fashion sense
  • William Seale on White House in "Era of Good Feeling"
  • Life at Ash Lawn-Highland
  • Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • White House Blue Room
  • Author Harlow Unger on Elizabeth Monroe
  • Family Life
  • A Brief Introduction to Elizabeth and James Monroe
  • The Monroe's Papers


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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