"When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good."
--Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.
James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States. He served as president from 1817 to 1825. His Vice President throughout his time in office was Daniel D. Tomkins. President Monroe is considered the last president of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Monroe is most noted for his foreign policy proclamation the Monroe Doctrine. An active freemason he comes from deep Scottish roots with a line of his family descended from the clan of Munro.
1775: Freemasons: "James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825 Initiated on November 9, 1775 in Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, Williamsburg, Virginia, at the age of 17 while he studied at the College of William & Mary." "James Monroe, an attorney, Governor of Virginia, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of War, and a U.S. President. In keeping with an age-old Masonic ....." 
Commissioned as a lieutenant in the Continental Army he participated in battles in New York and New Jersey, wintering with George Washington at Valley Forge.
1776 December 25
James Monroe is seriously wounded during the Battle of Trenton between General George Washington's Americans against the Hessians and British troops led by Colonel Rahl.
1780 (age 24)
Monroe leaves the army as a colonel to study law at William and Mary and in Richmond under Thomas Jefferson, who becames a lifelong friend, a political mentor, and a neighbor.
Seventeen US counties have named counties in President Monroe's honor. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
↑ William J. Federer, Treasury Of Presidential Quotations, Amerisearch, Inc., Jan 1, 2004 GoogleBook