Biography of ELIZABETH KORTRIGHT MONROE

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ELIZABETH KORTRIGHT MONROE
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
1768-1830
Born: New York City, NY
Married: James Monroe, 1786
Children: Eliza, Maria
First Lady: 1817-1825

Mugs with Monroe

Elizabeth Monroe was First Lady from 1817-1825. She holds the dubious distinction of being dubbed a snob during her White House tenure. She had been a great social success in Paris while her husband had been minister to France. But by the time they entered the White House, she was ill and social occasions held little allure for her.

Elizabeth Monroe had three children; her only son died in infancy. But she did marry off her younger daughter in a White House wedding; this event further infuriated Washington society because it was deemed too small. (Few government personages were invited not even Cabinet members!)