Thomas Jefferson. The third President of the United States of America. A polymath. Thomas Jefferson is said to have been a polymath because he had interest and expertise is a great number of subjects. He was interested and schooled in art, science, politics, invention, architecture, religion, philosophy, and several languages. These interests led him to be member and president of the American Philosophical Society and the founder of the University of Virginia after being President of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson is known for his writing. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He wrote thousands of letters including letters to influential people in America and Europe. He wrote and signed many important laws including the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. He both kept and started important libraries. Books were a passion of his.
The size of the United States doubled during his presidency. He was instrumental to the Louisiana Purchase from France and he sent out the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This expedition and three others were sent to explore the then new west.
Before becoming President of the United States of America, and after, he held other jobs. He was a Virginia state legislator and Governor, a member of Congress, Minister to France, Secretary of State, and Vice President. He invented things and improved upon inventions. Items could be used in homes, on farms like his own, and by politicians and other public officials.
He married his wife Martha on January 1, 1772. They both played musical instruments and loved music. They entertained often and read a lot. Martha bore six children, only two survived to adulthood. Thomas and Martha were happy, but she suffered from illness and died at 33. He agreed never to marry again and never did.
Thomas Jefferson’s health began to deteriorate in 1825. On June 24 of 1826 Jefferson wrote his last letter. It was to a newspaper and was about the worthiness of the Declaration of Independence. Fever, loved ones, and doctors filled his last days. He died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence at the age of 83 and the same day as John Adams’ death.
I am thankful for his service to the United States and admire his interests and expertise. He can serve as a reminder to read a good book and/or enjoy an interest of yours today. Have a bright day!