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James Monroe Bullet Never Removed From Shoulder

February 20, 2012 by staff 

James Monroe Bullet Never Removed From Shoulder, James Monroe, the first president to travel by steamboat, was shot in the shoulder during the Revolutionary War, but surgeons never removed the bullet from his shoulder.

In 1776, at the Battle of Trenton, a bullet grazed the left side of Monroe’s chest, then hit his shoulder and injured the axillary artery
Monroe’s life was probably saved by the doctor who stopped the bleeding by sticking his index finger into the wound and applying pressure to the artery. Surgeons later attempted to remove the bullet, but could not find it.

Monroe recovered from the wound in 11 weeks, but carried the bullet in his shoulder the rest of his life.
Monroe ran unopposed and received every electoral vote except for one, which came from a New Hampshire delegate who desired to protect the George Washington’s record as the first and the only president to be unanimously elected.
James Monroe was the first U.S senator to become president, first inaugural to be held outdoors and his daughter was the first to be married in the White House.
Monroe died on the 4th of July.

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