MONROE, James, a Representative from Ohio; born in Plainfield, Windham County,
Conn., July 18, 1821; attended the common schools and Plainfield Academy; was
graduated from Oberlin (Ohio) College in 1846; pursued a postgraduate course in
theology; professor in Oberlin College 1849-1862; member of the State house of
representatives of Ohio 1856-1859; served in the State senate 1860-1862; chosen
president pro tempore in 1861 and 1862; resigned his seat in the senate in
October 1862 to accept the position of United States consul to Rio de Janeiro
and served from 1863 to 1869; served for several months in 1869 as
Chargé dAffaires ad interim to Brazil; elected as a Republican to the
Forty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3,
1881); chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-third Congress); was
not a candidate for renomination; professor in Oberlin College 1883-1896; died
in Oberlin, Ohio, July 6, 1898; interment in Westwood Cemetery.
BibliographyRokicky, Catherine M.
James Monroe: Oberlins Christian Statesman and Reformer.
Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2002.