James Monroe Museum
908 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia
James Monroe started his political career in Fredericksburg as a councilman. President James Monroe served two terms as the 5th President of the United States (1817-1825) and was the author of the Monroe Doctrine. The Fredericksburg Museum and Memorial Library has a vast collection of the personal possessions used by President Monroe in the White House, including the desk on which he signed the Monroe Doctrine.
President James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia and died in New York City. He is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
Louis XVI desk with secret compartments was purchased by James Monroe in 1794 who
was future 5th president of US. He never told about secret compartments to anyone.
The desk was damaged by a child, one of descendants of Monroe in 1906. This desk
was repaired by cabinet maker where these secret compartments were discovered.
There were priceless and historical documents in these compartments including letters
from Presidents James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. These letters were thought great
treasure considering that Jefferson had burned most of his personal correspondence.