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James Monroe (1758-1831) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He fought in the American Revolutionary War. Monroe supported the creation of the U.S. Constitution, but opposed the final document, as he felt it gave too much power to the government and did not sufficiently protect individual rights. In 1790, Monroe was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress. He was instrumental in the negotiation of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He was easily elected our fifth president in 1816, winning over 80 percent of the electoral vote. He had no opposition when he ran for a second term. His presidency (1817-1825) was known as the "era of good feeling." During this time, the country extended its reach to the Pacific and to Florida in the South. After the completion of his second term, Monroe returned to Virginia to lead a private life, deeply in debt. He spent many of his later years trying to resolve his financial problems, and died July 4, 1831. 

Key Contributions

Monroe was the fifth U.S. president and served as a delegate in the Continental Congress. His character and leadership are consistent with community values. Although not penned by him, the Monroe Doctrine influenced foreign policy for decades. Monroe made the decision to sign the Missouri Compromise, which outlawed slavery in the Louisiana Territory above the 36/36 north latitude line. 

Relevant Historical Context 

The school was named in 1958, while Tulsa was a growing city. The Civil Rights Acts was signed into law in 1957, and school desegregation was a hot topic in the country. 

A White House portrait painting of James Monroe

References (2009). James Monroe. Retrieved from

Miller Center. (2017, June 20). James Monroe: Life in Brief. Retrieved from