15 October 2016

Thomas Jefferson Mostly Forgotten and Wisdom Generally Ignored

Thomas Jefferson
An American Founding Father.
Principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Elected the second Vice President of the United States
Elected third President of the United States.

His portrait is on the two 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. At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe and at 23, started his own law practice.

Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.  

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

In his thirties:
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. Also 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.

 In his forties:
At 40, served in Congress for two years.  At 41, was the American minister to France and
negotiated commercial treaties withEuropean nations  along with Ben Franklin and John Adams. At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

In his fifties: 
At 53, served asVice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society. 
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party. At 57, was
elected the third president of the United States.

In his sixties: 
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size. At 65, retired to Monticello.

In his eightieth decade:
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.
He died at the age of 83 on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson studied previous failed attempts of governments and because of this he knew what needed to be done to make America great. 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.

Thomas Jefferson wrote that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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