Lead:  Mrs. James Monroe stepped out of her carriage into the streets of Revolutionary Paris. She approached the entrance of the prison and asked to see Madame Lafayette. Her visit probably saved the prisoner's life.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe was the daughter of a prosperous New York merchant of Tory sympathies. She early acquired the poise and self-confidence of one who grows up with assured social prominence. When she met and married the ambitious young Virginia lawyer in 1786, some of her socialite friends gave her grief. They thought she could have done better. Actually, she did right well as the wife of a U.S. Senator, Governor of Virginia, Ambassador to France and England, and Secretary of State. By the time they moved into the White House in 1717, Mrs. Monroe had passed through the highest political and social circles on both continents.

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