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James MONROE

(1821-1898)

MONROE, James, a Representative from Ohio; born in Plainfield, Windham County, Conn., July 18, 1821; attended the common schools and Plainfield Academy; was graduated from Oberlin (Ohio) College in 1846; pursued a postgraduate course in theology; professor in Oberlin College 1849-1862; member of the State house of representatives of Ohio 1856-1859; served in the State senate 1860-1862; chosen president pro tempore in 1861 and 1862; resigned his seat in the senate in October 1862 to accept the position of United States consul to Rio de Janeiro and served from 1863 to 1869; served for several months in 1869 as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim to Brazil; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1881); chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination; professor in Oberlin College 1883-1896; died in Oberlin, Ohio, July 6, 1898; interment in Westwood Cemetery.

Bibliography

Rokicky, Catherine M. James Monroe: Oberlin’s Christian Statesman and Reformer. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2002.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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