chapter  4
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
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Tory sympathizer, while James Monroe was a twenty-seven-year-old lawyer from backcountry Virginia who had earned a commendation from General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Indeed, the bride's friends confided that they had expected her to do better. Of the four Kortright daughters' marriages, Elizabeth's seemed the least successful at first. In contrast, James Monroe's friends saw Elizabeth Kortright as an appropriate match, but some disliked her New York air, which, they felt, made her seem aloof.