Mongkut, King of Siam, 1804-1868

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King Mongkut, also known as Rama IV (b. 18 October 1804, Bangkok, Siam–d. 1 October 1868, Bangkok, Siam), was the fourth monarch of Siam (Thailand) under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1851 to 1868. Following tradition, he became a Buddhist monk in 1824 and let the priesthood to ascended the throne in 1851.

King Mongkut was often seen as pro-British and is known for his involvement in the Bowring Treaty between the United Kingdom and Siam. During his reign, King Mongkut instituted cultural reforms like a European Style education for his royal relatives and improving women's rights. He hired school teacher Anna Leonowens for his children and their story is the basis for the book Anna and the King of Siam and the Rogers and Hammerstein musical the King and I.

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referencedIn Landon, Margaret, 1903-1993. Anna and the king of Siam : literary manuscripts, circa 1944. Library of Congress
referencedIn General Records of the Department of State. 1763 - 2002. Communications from Heads of Foreign States. 1789 - 1909. Ceremonial Letters from Siam. 6/10/1856 - 3/16/1956. Daguerreotype of King Mongkut and Daughter
creatorOf Letter from King Mongkut to the Recently Elected President of the United States United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Brown, Allan Danvers, 1843-1904. Allan Danvers Brown papers, 1860-1904. Norwich University, Kreitzberg Library
referencedIn Senter, Charles W. C. Letters of Charles W. C. Senter, 1865-1869. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Mongkut, King of Siam, 1804-1868. Papers of Mongkut, King of Siam, 1853-1868. Library of Congress
creatorOf General Records of the Department of State. 1763 - 2002. Communications from Heads of Foreign States. 1789 - 1909. Ceremonial Letters from Siam
creatorOf Mongkut, King of Siam, 1804-1868. [Miscellaneous pamphlets]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Landon, Kenneth Perry, 1903-. Papers, 1824-2000 (bulk 1927-1990). Wheaton College, Buswell Memorial Library
referencedIn Heritage of King Mongkut: Americans in Thailand - 1955 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf General Records of the Department of State. 1763 - 2002. Communications from Heads of Foreign States. 1789 - 1909. Ceremonial Letters from Siam. 6/10/1856 - 3/16/1956. Elephant Tusk
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referencedIn James Buchanan to King Samdetch Phra Paramendr Maha Mangkut of Siam United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Letter from King Mongkut of Siam to President James Buchanan United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Letter from King Mongkut to Franklin Pierce, President of the United States United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from King Chulalongkorn of Siam, to President Ulysses S. Grant United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Letter from King Mongkut of Siam to President Franklin Pierce United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Translation of a Letter from King Mongkut of Siam to President James Buchanan United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Letter from King Mongkut of Siam to President Franklin Pierce United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Bowring, John, 1792-1872 person
associatedWith Brown, Allan Danvers, 1843-1904. person
correspondedWith Buchanan, James, 1791-1868 person
parentOf Chulalongkorn, King of Siam, 1853-1910 person
associatedWith Landon, Kenneth Perry, 1903- person
associatedWith Landon, Margaret, 1903-1993. person
associatedWith Leonowens, Anna Harriette, 1831-1915 person
correspondedWith Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869 person
sibling of Pinklao, King of Siam, 1808-1865 person
associatedWith Senter, Charles W. C. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Bangkok 40 TH
Kingdom of Thailand 00 TH
Bangkok 40 TH
Subject
Buddhism
Astronomy
Occupation
Kings and rulers
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Birth 1804-10-18

Death 1868-10-01

Thai

Thai,

English

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