|Title||Elizabeth Kortright Monroe|
|Collection||First Lady Dolls|
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (1768-1830)
Wife of James Monroe - First Lady from 1817-1825
Elizabeth Monroe was born in New York City, New York on June 30, 1768. Her physical appearance is described as five feet tall with black hair and blue eyes. She was a very youthful and beautiful woman throughout her life.
At 17 years old, Elizabeth married James Monroe on February 16, 1786. They moved several places including New York City, Virginia, Fredericksburg, and finally Charlottesville so James could be near his close friend, Thomas Jefferson.
At 48 years old, Elizabeth became the First Lady on March 4, 1817 and continued until March 4, 1825. Elizabeth was the complete opposite of the former First Lady, Dolley Madison. While Dolley loved her role as a public figure, Elizabeth was reserved by nature and was happy to hide in the shadows of the spotlight. She was both very youthful in appearance and very fragile with bad health. When she did appear at receptions and other public events she appeared youthful and capable to others; however she was always accompanied and carefully guarded by a circle of female relatives. She suffered from what was known as "the falling sickness," today known as epilepsy. Understanding of epilepsy was little to none back then and it was thought to be a mental illness, making it very unlikely that the Monroe's would have been willing to disclose any details on her condition.
She was desperately in poor health after President Monroe's Administration ended. Her health forced them to stay in the White House three weeks after he was no longer President. They moved near Washington D.C. after where she assumed no public roles.
Elizabeth died in Loudoun County, Virginia on September 23, 1830 at age 62.
|Event||Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project|
|Creator||Park, Phyllis Juhlin|
|Costume||Freeman, Mary Rich|
|Given||Given by Leora F. Jacobe and Dora B. Freestone in honor of Jennie L. Freestone|
|Source||Uintah County Library|