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10 Interesting Thomas Jefferson Facts

Sunday, November 11th 2012. | People


Thomas Jefferson was the third American president, he is one of the interesting figures in the era. He is the author of the Declaration of Independence, and played a crucial role in his time. As a president, he was involved in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and Lewis and Clark Expedition. He is a man of the Enlightenment, which surprisingly is a genius, extensive knowledge, and talent as a horticulturist, politician, lawyer, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist (fossil expert), and an inventor. Beyond all the awards he gets, he is a mysterious person. The information obtained about him can be concluded that he was full of contradictions. Often touted as the greatest American president who ever lived, he was a hero, a man who is full of puzzles in American history. This is 10 interesting Thomas Jefferson facts.

10. Thomas Jefferson has a unique tombstone for the size of a president.

Thomas Jefferson Tombstone

Thomas Jefferson Tombstone


On top of his tombstone does not mention that he is a former American president. Jefferson was buried at Monticello, on a hill near his home. The writing on his tombstone reads as follows: “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.” (Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration American Independence, Virginia Law proponent of religious freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia). It was reported that there was no sentence on the gravestone is that he is the President of America because he has mixed feelings about politics. (Image: Donald Leslie Mark)
9. Thomas Jefferson was the only American president two periods of office are never banned (veto) the bill.

Although his predecessor John Adams was the first who has never exercised the right to veto, but Jefferson was the first president in a second term in office that has never used this veto. Compare with Washington that uses the veto as much as 2 times, and then the successor of Jefferson, James Madison who use that right as much as 7 times. It is accepted that he has never vetoed a bill because he believes that chief executives should play a limited role, only a limited role as a nurse / caretaker in the government.

8. Thomas Jefferson was a poor speaker.

Although he has a talent for writing and speaking, Jefferson was never good at a speaker in public. When he had to speak in public, he often mumbled and spoke in a voice hard to hear what makes people difficult to hear what he’s talking about. That does not mean that the speech was not written well or not is meaningless. He just could not bring him in front of the crowd. John Adams once said, “As long as I sat with him in Congress, I never heard him utter three sentences in one shot.” Her fear of public speaking makes it even become a president avoiding the public spotlight. For this reason, he started the tradition of the country sent a message to Congress in written form, so she does not need to attend the congress. This tradition continued until 1913, until changed by Woodrow Wilson. (Image: Patrick Henry before the Virginia House of Burgesses by Peter F. Rothermel – Thomas Jefferson is seated.)

7. Jefferson became the target of the dirtiest campaign during his run for president.

Opposition Federalist opponents of Thomas Jefferson spread rumors that he was the “infidels” during his first nomination for president. Jefferson is a presumption of non-religious is heating up, making incredible waves in America at that time. This accusation was widely believed by the family in New England who hid them in the bottom of the well bible, because they believe that he (Jefferson) will be confiscated later. Even Timothy Dwight, president of Yale University, said if Jefferson was elected, this will impact on, “Wives and daughters of us will become victims of prostitution are legalized; not duly respected; a hypocrite tainted.” Connecticut Courant newspaper write if he is elected, “There is almost no possibility of us will escape the civil war, murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest marriage will be cultivated in the open.”

6. Thomas Jefferson was a very religious person.

Jefferson was a religious man, but his conviction led to controversy. He was born and raised as an Anglican, but grew into opponents of all religion. Jefferson was a very spiritual person who believes in God and the moral teachings of Jesus Christ, he even compile and translate their own version of Jesus’ teachings. The controversy surrounding Jefferson probably comes from the fact that he did not believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.


5. Thomas Jefferson was a relaxed man in a dress.

He has a very bad posture and have a tendency to dress that most people his age would feel unworthy when wearing it. He usually wore a brown coat, red vest, corduroy pants, wool socks, and a pair of sandals made from carpet without high heels. He nearly led to international incidents when unintentionally insulting a welcome British Ambassador to the clothes that are not formal. He also started the tradition of presidents who shook hands with guests rather than bending to give respect.

4. Thomas Jefferson liked the wine (the wine).

Jefferson is one of the leading wine lovers in his time. His home, in Monticello, there is a large wine cellar is 17.5 feet long, 15 feet wide, and a height of 10 feet. Jefferson always has a number of wine and other alcoholic drinks excessive in his hand. Jefferson is also a partner of Philip Mazzei, an Italian immigrant who founded the company’s first commercial wine in America. During eight years as president, he has a personal wine bill of $ 10, 835.90. Adjusted for inflation now, so that equals $ 146,524.40 or $ 18,315.55 per year in office. Jefferson’s wine collection (and his favorite drink of the wine) is one of the reasons why Jefferson was always fraught with debt.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson


3. Thomas Jefferson was a gifted musician.

Thomas Jefferson playing the violin

Jefferson is a very talented violinist. During his childhood, he practiced playing the violin for hours every afternoon. He also likes to sing and often sang or hummed to himself slowly. His days as a violinist that ended in 1786 when he broke his wrist while trying to impress women. Her wrist has never fully recovered after that.

2. Although Thomas Jefferson was a staunch supporter of freedom of religion, he advocated the separation between church and state.

A Thomas Jefferson, although he was a very religious, she believes that trust is a private matter. He believes that the government has no authority to interfere in the affairs of one’s religion. He played a major role in drafting the Law of religious freedom in Virginia in 1786. He also stopped the practice of fasting and thanksgiving celebrations that were previously initiated by George Washington and John Adams. In addition to the First Amendment that guarantees (among others) Religious Freedom, Jefferson wrote about the beliefs of religious freedom and separation of church and state. In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, he wrote:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies just between man and his God, that He has no debt on accountability to the faith or the worship of God, and that the legitimate powers of government only in actions, not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign and respect the whole American people which declared that the legislature should not make laws establishing religion, or prohibition on the free practice of religion, so it built a wall of separation between church and state. (Image: Drafting the Declaration of Independence, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, left to right: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson.

1. Thomas Jefferson openly opposed slavery.

Thomas Jefferson Slaves

Thomas Jefferson Slaves


Despite the fact mentioned that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves during his lifetime and has a special relationship with his slave Sally Hemings named, (a relationship which produces 5 children), he is also opposed to slavery. When he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress in 1783, he proposed a bill that would ban all forms of slavery in all newly acquired territory of the federal government. Unfortunately, his proposal was defeated by one vote. In his first draft on the Declaration of Independence, he included a warning that criticized the British government who supported the slave trade. This is then removed at the request of South Carolina and Georgia. In 1807, he signed a bill to eliminate trafficking in slaves. It can be believed that the reason Jefferson owned slaves was because he was always wrapped up in a huge debt. He saddled with record debt slaves, thus making it unable to free his slaves until he pays his debts, something that never happened. However, he managed to free some slaves before his death. Some fact above is facts about Thomas Jefferson.



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