|The Jefferson Memorial|
Thomas Jefferson became vice president under John Adams and was reluctantly nominated for the presidency to succeed Adams and became the third President of the United States. Jefferson served two terms which included the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Following his presidency Jefferson returned to Monticello, where he busied himself with developing his property, scientific experimentation and founding the University of Virginia. Jefferson sold his library to the U. S. Government, which became the formative collection of the Library of Congress. In one of the great ironies of American history, both Jefferson and John Adams died on the fiftieth anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. He was buried in the family graveyard at Monticello.
|Me and Melissa at Jefferson's grave|
I’m not a big Jefferson fan. His Sally Hemmings scandal certainly cuts against the image of him as champion of equality. On the ‘American Patriots – Christian or deist’ scale, Jefferson’s a pretty solid ‘2’ (1 being ‘Humanist to the Max’ and 10 being ‘Evangelical and Vocal About it'). He’s the guy who cut the supernatural stuff out of the Bible to make his own humanist version. But he did support separation of church and state, which has generally benefitted the cause of the Gospel over the large sweep U. S. history. For a nice brief dramatization of Jefferson's humanistic perspective check out Jefferson and Adams debate from David McCullough's "John Adams"
|Farmer gang loitering in front of TJ's crib|
|Jefferson in Paris - a statue along the Seine honoring the ambassador.|
Jill and I came across it in a visit in May 2009