President James Monroe       

Dennis Bigelow, interpreter of 

JAMES MONROE KNEW THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS
YOU DON'T KNOW THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON UNLESS YOU KNOW THEIR NEIGHBOR JAMES MONROE

Thomas Jefferson's most important achievement as president was the 1803 purchase of  the Louisiana Territory, doubling the size of the United States.  Without James Monroe as Jefferson's Minster plenipotentiary to Napoleon's France, final negotiations in Paris might easily have failed and the legacy of Jefferson's presidency significantly diminished.  Monroe got little credit for securing the treaty for the Louisiana Purchase, the most important document in U.S. history after the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.


Jefferson's successor, James Madison, found his administration in a crisis.  In 1811 he turned to James Monroe to be his Secretary of State and then, simultaneously, his Secretary of War, following the destruction of Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812.  At one point in 1814 President Madison considered having Monroe take command of the country's faltering armies on our northern border to prevent defeat.  Madison's presidency ended happily, as did our "Second War for Independence," in no small part because of the multiple efforts of James Monroe, who went on to become one of America's most successful presidents.  


Somehow Monroe became a pebble in the shoes of historians, the last of the founding presidents obscured.  Bigelow removes the pebble.

 

The success of a presidency is a matter of good administration, good policies and leadership that unifies and uplifts the American people.  James Monroe, the fifth and forgotten president, did just that.


You don't know Jefferson and Madison until you know Monroe

                 DENNIS BIGELOW IS JAMES MONROE


For the past 20 years Bigelow has performed as "President Monroe" at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, an agency established for training rising federal employees as well as providing an orientation for USAID workers prior to foreign deployment.  His dramatic work creates a platform for discussing constitutional and leadership challenges, enabling participants to draw parallels between past and present.  His presentations require an intimate knowledge of domestic and world history from 1758 to Monroe's death on July 4, 1831 - five years to the day from the death of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the father of Monroe's closest cabinet officer, the succeeding president, John Quincy Adams.  All presentations are done in costume;  all questions are answered in character with debriefings at the end of the program if requested.


Bigelow has taught "James Monroe, Last Founding Father" with dramatic finale at the University of Virginia's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and performs for The Virginia Center for Politics and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, and for Elderhostel's "Road Scholars."  His work has taken him from Charlottesville to audiences of varied requirements from Washington, D.C. to Sackets Harbor, NY to St. Augustine, FL, to West Branch, IA, to Houston, TX and west to San Francisco and LA, plus multiple bicentennial events of the Monroe presidency, 2017-25.


Bigelow also performed at the Governor's mansion of Virginia and in 2003 for White House employees in Colonial Williamsburg.


Executive Assistant Karen Wolf at (434) 882-1795, formerly of The University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business, handles all appointments, contracts and modern communications. 


Direct Communication to discuss assignments email monroebigelow8@yahoo.com, call (434) 989-3259, or write:  Dennis Bigelow, 8 Edgewood Court, Palmyra VA 22963-2535.