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.
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 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.”
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.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
I wish we could get this out to everyone!!!
I’m doing my part. Please do yours……
Note: Author Unknown.
Posted, deleted and reposted. This was originally an email I received and thought nothing of posting it here until someone tried to thank me for writing it. I tried to find the original author, but ran into over 64,000 postings, so.. with that being said, I hope you gain something from and enjoy it.
A teacher of mine in high school told me that the estimates of Thomas Jefferson’s IQ, based on his writings and other factors, was in the area of 200.
A great many of the core beliefs you have attributed to Jefferson, I agree with. Some, I do not.
Who am I to dispute the great Thomas Jefferson?
I am no one of importance.
But I have my say without fear of retaliation thanks to the work of Thomas Jefferson and his comtemporaries.
Thanks for the comments. A contribution to our freedoms.
Oh my my.. and how much research did you put in to post it here..?
I am impressed both with the subject and the author alike.. 🙂
I envy- both of you!!
Thanks, but it’s from an email I received. No authorship given. It is however mentioned about 4000 times on bing.
So ironic that the “tree of liberty” quote has been abused and misused to justify violence in recent times, since Jefferson was ultimately a man of thoughts, not violence.
Thanks for this post. His words concerning taxation to subsidize that with which one takes serious exception is especially timely. But then again, Pres. Bush didn’t use our tax dollars to wage unjust war. He just borrowed it from China, putting the neck of America under the boot of the Chinese nation.
Run far away from politics. There is a pattern of violence against those who aren’t afraid to say..