From Virginia, originally James Madison's Secratary of State, but was then elected as the 5th president of the United States with a total of 183 ballets in the electoral college. He was 61 years old when he became president, and had remarkably favorable circumstances, there a decline in the Federalists and the War of 1812 had ended. After his inaugeration he made a good-will tour through the country. He was accepted and recieved by New Englanders with enthusiasm. The Columbian Centinel, a Federalist newspaper in Boston, observed than an "era of good feelings" had arrived. And on the surface, at least, Monroe's years in presidency did seem to be an era of good fellings. In 1820, he was reelected without opposition. For all practical purposes, the Federalists party had ceased to exist.