Saturday, April 13, 2013


April 13, 2013


Shadwell, Virginia (JFK+50) Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, was born 270 years ago today, April 13, 1743.

Thomas Jefferson, who was born in Shadwell, Virginia to Peter and Jane Randolph Jefferson, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1762.

                          Thomas Jefferson
                by Rembrandt Peale (1805)
               New York Historical Society 

He became a law clerk for George Wythe, practiced law & won election to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769.

As a Virginia delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776 & after the revolution served as a state legislator and governor.

He was minister to France (1785-1789), the 1st Secretary of State, Vice-President and President of the United States (1801-1809).

President Jefferson was the first president of the Democratic-Republican Party (today's Democratic Party).

Notable events during his 2 terms as president include the war with the Barbary pirates of North Africa, the purchase of Louisiana in 1803 from France*, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Embargo Act of 1807.

*On CBS Evening News, Tuesday night, April 2, 2013, news anchor Scott Pelley, according to Brent Baker of NewsBusters (, linked Thomas Jefferson with both JFK and Barack Obama, by saying on the broadcast...

"Finally, tonight, for Thomas Jefferson it was the Louisiana Purchase, for John F. Kennedy, the moon.  Well today...President Obama announced a mission to explore and map another frontier filled with mysteries and possibilities...(the human brain)."

Thomas Jefferson died at his beloved home, Monticello, on July 4, 1826.  He wanted to be remembered for these 3 accomplishments which are engraved on his tombstone....

"Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom & Father of the University of Virginia."

      Gravestone of Thomas Jefferson
  Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
          Photo by Christopher Hollis
           for Wdwic Pictures (2001)