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Jefferson and Monroe: Constant Friendship and Respect (Monticello Monograph Series)

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From the moment Governor Thomas Jefferson handpicked a young soldier named James Monroe to serve as an aide during the Revolutionary War, a vital friendship and political alliance was born. Both men served as governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, and president for two terms. Their lives overlapped even more clearly through shared friendships with individuals such as James Madison; shared interests, such as the creation of the University of Virginia; and shared missions, including the ...

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From the moment Governor Thomas Jefferson handpicked a young soldier named James Monroe to serve as an aide during the Revolutionary War, a vital friendship and political alliance was born. Both men served as governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, and president for two terms. Their lives overlapped even more clearly through shared friendships with individuals such as James Madison; shared interests, such as the creation of the University of Virginia; and shared missions, including the completion of the Louisiana Purchase.

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Noble Cunningham is the author and historical editor of more than a dozen books about Jefferson, most recently The Inaugural Addresses of President Thomas Jefferson, 1801 and 1805. A professor of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Cunningham was an adviser for the Library of Congress's major Bicentennial exhibition, "Thomas Jefferson."
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Jefferson and Monroe


By Noble E. Cunningham Jr.

The University of North Carolina Press

Copyright © 2003 University of North Carolina Press
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ISBN: 978-1-882886-21-0


Introduction

Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe are remembered for their close ties, whether political, geographical, intellectual, or emotional. Politically they were connected as like-minded Republicans who served in many of the same key political offices in Virginia, within the federal government, or even abroad in France. They were linked geographically not only by the fact that each claimed Virginia as home but also because, at Jefferson's urging, Monroe acquired property a few miles from Monticello. Intellectually, they grappled with the same issues and shared similar passions on a national and personal scale, such as their pivotal participation in the purchase of Louisiana and in the creation of the University of Virginia. Emotionally, their letters reveal a rich friendship that altered and grew over the years.

Rather than a dual biography, this work focuses on the lives of Jefferson and Monroe when their paths crossed and particularly on their roles in shaping the early American republic. Both men have been the subjects of detailed biographies, and each has figured prominently in other writings on early American history. Jefferson-senior to Monroe both in age and accomplishment, and as the author of the Declaration of Independence-early gained a prominent place in the young nation's history. Meanwhile, Monroe risked his life as a young soldier in the American Revolutionary army.

In his early relationship with Jefferson, Monroe stood in the shadow of his mentor. Jefferson, however, soon placed Monroe as and equal, and, as time passed, their friendship strengthened and endured. To trace their relationship and actions during the early critical years of the American republic broadens and deepens insights into the formative years of the United States of America.

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