Name: Thomas Jefferson

Alive: 1743-1826

Bio: Thomas Jefferson was the American Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He was elected the second Vice President of the United States in 1797and was elected third President in 1801. Jefferson helped American colonists to break away from Great Britain and form a new nation. He was born and educated in Virginia and graduated from the College of William & Mary and practiced law. During the American Revolution, he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and drafted the law for religious freedom as a Virginia legislator. He also served as the wartime governor from 1779 to 1781.

Quotes:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock”

“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical”

Popular Culture:

“Jefferson in Paris” – film, 1995

“Sally Hemings: An American Scandal” – television mini-series, 2000

“Tom and Sally in Paris” – Opera, 2012

Further Reading:

  • Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (2005)
  • Francis D. Cogliano, Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy (2008)
  •  Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx (1996)