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May 14th, 2019, 07:06 AM
President James Monroe is depicted in the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware," even though Monroe wasn't part of that expedition.


Where is James Monroe? .......he’s the man behind Washington, holding the flag.


He was with a detachment assigned to secure a crossroads along the army's line of march to Trenton, and in that group was a local doctor named John Riker.

This was fortunate, because Monroe was severely wounded by a Hessian musket ball the next day and would have bled to death without Dr. Riker's care. Monroe retained the bullet in his shoulder for the rest of his life.


The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776
John Trumbull, 1756-1843
Yale University Art Gallery

Behind the outstretched hand of the conquered Hessian commander Colonel Johann Rall lies the wounded Monroe, supported by Dr. Riker.

More about President James Monroe:


- Monroe studied law under Thomas Jefferson.
- He was friends with Jefferson and Madison.
- He wasn’t so friendly with Washington.
- He is the only person in history to hold two cabinet positions at once.
- Monroe was the last of the Founding Fathers to serve as President.
- He was the only President, aside from Washington, to run unopposed.
- Monroe has a foreign capital named in his honor, Monrovia, the capital of Liberia Africa.
- He was most famous for the Monroe Doctrine.
- Monroe was one of the last of the Founding Fathers to pass away.
- Monroe was the first President to serve in the White House when it was actually white-painted. The White House was first painted in white lead paint in 1818, during the presidency of Monroe.