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Celebrating Thomas Jefferson on This Independence Day

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A13His portrait is on the $2.00 Dollar Bill.

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

At 5, began studying under his cousin’s 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.  Also could write in Greek with one hand,  while writing the same in Latin with the other.

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 the Republican Party.

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.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied, the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand  today.

Jefferson really knew his stuff…

A voice from the  past to lead us in the future:

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”

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Thomas Jefferson and Some of His Best Quotes — Happy Independence Day

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Remember our veterans who protect our Homeland as we celebrate our independence. Very thankful for their sacrifices and bravery.

On this 242nd birthday of our beloved country, here are some quotes from one of our greatest presidents. Have a great 4th of July!

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743  at the family home in Shadwell in the Colony of Virginia, the third of 10 children. He was of English, and possibly Welsh, descent and was born a British subject. His father Peter Jefferson was a planter and surveyor who died when Jefferson was 14; his mother was Jane Randolph.

He was our 3rd president serving from 1801 – 1809.  Here are some of his best quotes.

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,

we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those  who

are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  


“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.”


“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.”


“My reading of history convinces me that

most bad government  results from

too much government.”


“No free man shall ever be

debarred the use of arms.”


“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.”


“The tree of liberty must  be refreshed from

time to time  with the  blood of patriots and tyrants.”


“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes,

the propagation of ideas which he  disbelieves  and abhors,

is  sinful and  tyrannical.”

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