James Monroe (congressman)

James Monroe ( born July 18, 1821 in Plainfield, Connecticut, † July 6, 1898 in Oberlin, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. Of 4 March 1871 to 3 March 1881 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 14th, 17th and 18th congressional district of the state of Ohio.


Monroe was born in Plainfield, a small town in eastern Connecticut. There he was at a young age to school. In 1846 he received a degree in theology from Oberlin College. From 1849 to 1862 he was a professor at Oberlin College. First political experiences he collected 1856-1859 in the House of Representatives from Ohio. Subsequently, he served from 1860 to 1862 in the state Senate, including two years as president pro tempore. In October 1862, he laid down his mandate to become Consul of the United States in Rio de Janeiro. Until 1869 he remained in office. He served to the end of his time in Brazil briefly as Chargé d'affaires ad interim.

1870 Monroe was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He represented here for a term of 14 district of Ohio. From 1873 he represented the 18th District for two terms, he represented before for one last legislative period to 1881 the 17th District in Washington. From 1873 to 1875 he was Chairman of the United States House Committee on Education and Labor. From 1883 he was a professor at Oberlin College again. Monroe died in 1898 in Oberlin. He was interred in the Westwood Cemetery.