This day, two hundred years ago, President James Madison appointed James Monroe to be his new Secretary of State. James Monroe replaced the former Secretary of State, Robert Smith, who proved to be rather incompetent and did not negotiate or work well with Madison or foreign diplomats. In fact, most of the time, Madison had had to act as his own Secretary of State because of Smith’s inadequacies. James Monroe had been a long time friend of Madison’s, despite the number of times they’d campaigned against each other, including for the House of Respresentatives seat in 1788-1789, as well as the national elections for the presidency in 1809. Monroe, along with Secretary of Treasury Albert Gallatin, would prove to be Madison’s only strength in his Cabinet through the War of 1812. Let’s not forget that Dolley Madison, Madison’s wife, was also a right hand of strength for the President:) Applause for James Monroe!!! April 2nd, 1811!
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Most Sincerely, I am Yr. Obt. Srvt.