James Monroe

Political Offices

What experiences did Monroe have during his time with the Confederation Congress?

Monroe served the Confederation Congress—the congress set forth by the Articles of Confederation—for three years beginning in 1783. During this time, Monroe traveled out west toward the Great Lakes area. He learned a great deal during this trip and later developed a plan for adding territories to the United States. Some of his ideas later culminated in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.


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