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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.

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

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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.

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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:

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- 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.