James Monroe (congressman)

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James Monroe
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Martin Welker
Succeeded by John Berry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by William H. Upson
Succeeded by Jonathan T. Updegraff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by William McKinley
Succeeded by William McKinley
Personal details
Born (1821-07-18)July 18, 1821
Plainfield, Connecticut
Died July 7, 1899(1899-07-07) (aged 77)
Oberlin, Ohio
Political party Republican
  • Elizabeth Maxwell
  • Julia Finney
Children four
Alma mater Oberlin College
Religion Congregational

James Monroe (July 18, 1821 – July 6, 1898) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Plainfield, Connecticut, Monroe attended the common schools and Plainfield Academy. He was graduated from Oberlin College in 1846. He pursued a postgraduate course in theology. Professor in Oberlin College in 1849–1862. He served as a member of the State house of representatives of Ohio in 1856–1859. He served in the State senate in 1860–1862. Chosen president pro tempore in 1861 and 1862. He 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. He served for several months in 1869 as Charge D'Affaires ad interim to Brazil.

Monroe was elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1881). He served as chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-third Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination. Professor in Oberlin College in 1883–1896. He died in Oberlin, Ohio, July 6, 1898. He was interred in Westwood Cemetery.

The house in which Monroe and his wife Julia lived when they returned to Oberlin from his consul appointment in Rio de Janeiro is currently preserved as part of the Oberlin Heritage Center. The current interior of the house presents decor and information from the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s, and uses Monroe's commitments to education and the abolition of slavery to highlight important events in the history of the city of Oberlin.[1]


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