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    The Humour of President James Monroe

    May 3, 2019

    The Humour of President James Monroe

    James Monroe, president of the United States from 1817 to 1825, was hardly a barrel of laughs. His speeches and correspondence exhibit little playfulness. Yet James Monroe was said to be warm and good-natured in person, with a sense of humour that could surprise his acquaintances. Judge E.R. Watson of Charlottesville, Virginia, recalled: “I have several times seen [Monroe and James Madison] together at Montpelier, and, as it seemed to me, it was only in Mr. Madison’s society that Mr. Monroe could lay aside his usual seriousness and indulge in the humorous jest and merry laugh, as if he were young again.” Here are some quotes and anecdotes that illustrate the gentle humour of James Monroe.

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  • Napoleon in America

    Napoleon in America

    What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States? Kirkus Reviews calls the first book in Shannon’s Napoleon series “evocative and immersive.”

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