Wednesday, December 1, 2010


As President, James Monroe refurbished the White House after it was burnt during the War of 1812 largely out of his own funds. It was as a result of his refurbishment that the White House was furnished with many of the French furniture and style that we associate with the White House today. James Monroe is perhaps best remembered as President, however, for the Monroe Doctrine he issued as President, opposing any European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758 at Monroe's Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia. His parents were Spence Monroe and Elizabeth Jones. James Monroe is descended from James Stewart IV, King of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Tudor. From James Stewart, Monroe is descended from the kings of Scotland while from Margaret Tudor he is descended from Charlemagne, William "the Conqueror" and numerous other kings of England. For a detailed family tree, see