Thursday, 29 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 5: James Monroe

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN


In plain view, it's James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth President of the United States. Let's find out about him:

JAMES MONROE

Born 28th April 1758, Westmoreland County, Virginia
Died 4th July 1831, New York City, New York

Presidential Term 4th March 1817 - 4th March 1825

James Monroe was the third President of the United States to die on Independence Day, although not on Independence Day. The latter is a science-fiction action blockbuster film starring Will Smith. He was also the first American President to die outside his home State. Careless.

Monroe is primarily remembered for establishing the Monroe Doctrine, which still informs US foreign policy up to the present day. It stated that the American continents must no longer be considered as subjects for colonisation by foreign powers and that the United States had an important role in policing and defending this.

Monroe was a staunch anti-federalist and fought to enforce the right for individual States to pursue their own laws. Which is all very well until you get your cock out.

His Presidency was marked by a period of such stability and absence of partisanship that he stood unopposed at the 1820 Presidential Election, winning all but one Electoral College vote. Which was his wife's. 

Monroe was a former US Ambassador to France and was recalled to the United States by Thomas Jefferson to help negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. As a result of this vast territorial expansion, the Union duly expanded by five States during Monroe's Presidency: Mississippi (1817), Illinois and Alabama (both 1818), Maine (1820) and Missouri (1821). By the end of his term, the USA had 24 States.

Other notable events of the Monroe Presidency included the First Seminole War of 1817-18, where US troops quashed an uprising by Seminole Indians, who were invading Georgia from Spanish-held Florida. He also signed the Missouri Compromise, a document trying to balance the demands of slave States and non-slave States, which helped delay the outbreak of Civil War for several decades.

Liberia's capital city, Monrovia, is named for James Monroe.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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