“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” –James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
James Monroe (1758-1831) was the 5th President of the United States of America.
At the young age of 17, following the battles of Lexington and Concord in June of 1775, Monroe joined with 24 older men to raid the arsenal at the Palace of the Governor. He dropped out of the College of William and Mary the following spring to join the Continental Army.
James Monroe fought in the War of Independence where he served with distinction at the Battle of Trenton in which he suffered a shot in his left shoulder. He never did return to complete college, but he did study law under Thomas Jefferson from 1780 until 1783. [Read his biography HERE.]
America’s Founding Fathers were a remarkable group of men — learned, piercingly intelligent, reverent toward the Creator, and compared to even the most articulate of our time, startlingly eloquent with the spoken and written word.
How I miss them….