What an amazing man.
At 9 he studied Greek and Latin
At 14 he studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16 he entered the College of William and Mary….at this time he could write Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.
At 23 he started his own law practice.
At 25 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 32 he was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33 he wrote The Declaration of Independence.
At 33 he revised Virginia’s legal code, wrote a Public Election bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36 he was elected the second Governor of Virginia.
At 40 he served in Congress
At 46 he served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington
At 53 he served as Vice President
At 55 he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions
At 57 he was elected the third President of the United States
At 60 he obtained The Louisiana Purchase doubling our nations size
At 61 he was elected to a second term as President
At 80 he helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine
At 81 he created the University of Virginia and served as its first President
At 83 he died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson had amazing foresight.
Here are some Jefferson quotes we should study and learn from:
“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 debs as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one half the wars of the world”
“I predict future happiness for the Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government”
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”
“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”
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”
“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.”