Resume’ of Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

 

read the quotes at the end of this e-mail!

 

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very

early in life and never stopped.

 

          At 5, began studying under his cousins 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 Virginias 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 …

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those

who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    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.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    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.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government

results from too much government.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    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.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the

blood of patriots and tyrants.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of

    ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

    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…

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