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Happy Birthday to a Great President

Kuwull Wrote: Apr 28, 2013 10:33 AM
I doubt "whup" would be what he would do to him.

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger’s thorough biographies of key figures in the era of America’s founding. In reading “The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness,” I found myself wondering: How have we let this great patriot become a forgotten man?

Monroe’s military service alone made him a hero. When he was 18 and newly matriculated at William and Mary College, and the Second...