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
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
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
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
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
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”
“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.”