Great States: Daniel Boone and the Opening of the Blue Grass State
Elizabeth Monroe: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: One week
The wilderness exploits of Daniel Boone were well known to several generations of First Ladies, including Elizabeth Monroe. Although her public role as the wife of President James Monroe was not large (she preferred a much more private one), it is probable that she knew when her husband awarded a large tract of land in Missouri to Boone in 1815, as it is likely that she recognized the importance of his opening of large amounts of land in what would become Kentucky and further western territories.