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MONROE, James, legislator, born in Plainfield, Connecticut, 18 July, 1821. He was graduated at Oberlin in 1846. studied theology there, and from 1849 till 1852 taught in that institution, he was a member of the lower branch of the Ohio legislature in 1856-'9, and of the senate in 1860-'2, and was twice president of the latter body. He resigned his seat in October, 1862, to accept the United States consulship at Rio Janeiro, which he held from 1863 till 1869, serving for several mouths during the latter year as charge d'affaires ad interim. On his return to Oberlin he was elected and re-elected to congress as a Republican for five successive terms, serving from 4 March, 1871, till 4 March, 1881. He has since filled the chair of political science and modern history in Oberlin.
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