Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very
early in life and never
At 5, began studying under his
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature
and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William
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
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of
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
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 RepublicanParty.
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
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 today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the
past to lead us in the
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."