Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Whole Lot of History in One Man

I do not know the origin of these facts, but I have checked them out and present them to amaze you as they did me:

by Rembrandt Peale 1805


Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the
Rights of British America " and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia 's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party. (note; actually what later became the Republican party with A. Lincoln )

  At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

  At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.

  At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

  At 65, retired to Monticello ..

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of
Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time.. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe , we shall become as corrupt as Europe .
   Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
   Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
  Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
  Thomas Jefferson

 My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
  Thomas Jefferson

 No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
   Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
   Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
   Thomas Jefferson

 To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
  Thomas Jefferson

Thomas  Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
 
My only disappointment was Jefferson supported slavery and gave little thought to those in his "employ". I suppose one can forgive that given the time and atmosphere of the century.  However, it is now widely accepted as fact that through a long-time relationship with Sally Hemmings, one of his slaves and likely half-sister to his dead wife, he fathered six children with her.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson
provides much more interesting information about Mr. Jefferson.
 
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1 comment:

Marva Dasef said...

Excellent article which highlights Jefferson's accomplishments and some of his flaws.

I can only imagine the conversations between Jefferson if he were to meet Isaac Newton. Gives me goosebumps.

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