JAMES MONROE, 5TH PRESIDENT - James Monroe was sworn in as the fifth President of the United States on March 4, 1817. He was the first President to take office in an outdoor ceremony in Washington, D.C. He was re-elected to a second term and sworn in on March 5, 1821. Next to George Washington, who was unanimously elected to two terms as President, James Monroe was our second most popular President, receiving all the elector votes except for one. For this reason, his presidency was known as the period of good feeling.