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A political leader of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; a leader of the Democratic-Republican party. He was president from 1817 to 1825, between James Madison and John Quincy Adams. He issued the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, supporting the independence of Spain's colonies in America. The Missouri Compromise was reached in his presidency.

Note: Compared to other presidencies of that time, Monroe's administration was relatively free of quarrels between Americans. His time in office has been called the Era of Good Feeling.
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