The Best History Lesson Ever

Thomas Jefferson


His portrait is on the $200 Dollar Bill. 


This is amazing. There are two parts to this.

Be sure to read the 2nd part (in RED ).


Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started  learning very early in life and never stopped.


At 5, began studying under

his cousin’s 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.
Also could write in Greek with one hand, 
while writing the same in Latin with the other.


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

Virginia’s 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 


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 the

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 


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 


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.” 




“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 debts as it goes.

A principle which if acted on, would save

one-half the wars of the world.”   


“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.” 



“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 
 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.” 



“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes,

the propagation of ideas which he 
 and abhors,

is sinful and tyrannical.”   



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