Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Whenever I hear the word, trivia, I get interested, not just because in reading or hearing what is seemingly unimportant information, I always find a nugget of historical knowledge.  In this case there is a veritable treasure trove of history.

When you read this, do it carefully and take in the not only the history, but also the impact this person has had on our country.  He did this during his lifetime, but his contributions have benefited this country through the years beyond his passing.

So read this not just as trivia, but as history.

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning early in his life and never stopped.

At age 5, began studying under his cousin's tutelage.
At age 9, studied Latin, Greek, and French.
At age 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At age 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At age 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At age 23, started his own law practice.
At age 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At age 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" and retired from his law practice.
At age 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At age 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At age 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At age 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At age 40, served in Congress for two years.
At age 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated  commercial treaties with European nations along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
At age 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At age 53, served as Vice-President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At age 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party.
At age 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
At age 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.
At age 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At age 65, retired to Monticello.
At age 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At age 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At age 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams,

Thomas Jefferson studied previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God and his laws as well as the nature of man.

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at the 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 Jefferson dined alone."

Thomas Jefferson had a rare talent for sagely predicting future events as evidenced by his quotations.  Here are but a few:

"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."

"My reading of history convinces me the most bad government results from too much government."

"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."

Very prophetic.

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