“Father of the Declaration”

June 9, 2021

I was going to do a legend of Thomas Jefferson today, but I can’t find anything worth sharing. They’re all way too long to share in the time I have, basically what I’ve been able to find so far is his life story. So instead, I’m sharing quotes, facts and some trivia. Hope you enjoy!!

“Experience hath shown that, even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

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As president, Jefferson offended numerous visiting ambassadors by greeting them..

A) with kisses on both cheeks
B) while dressed in his pajamas
C) in a drunken stupor
*answer at the end of the post*

Thomas Jefferson
– Presidential Facts –

  • age at inauguration: 57 years old
  • Term as President: 1801-1809
  • Political Party: Democratic – Republican
  • Vice Presidents:
    – Aaron Burr (1801-1805)
    – George Clinton (1805-1809)

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Nicknames:

  • “Father of the Declaration of Independence” (given to him much later)
  • Benjamin Franklin called him “Red”
  • Hamilton referred to him as “Red Fox” because of the intense rivalry between the two of them
  • Sage of Montecello (?)
  • (Did Thomas Jefferson have a nickname? – Answers)

“We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

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“I cannot live without books.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.” 
~ Thomas Jefferson

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“I tremble for my country
when I reflect that God is just;
that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

~ Thomas Jefferson
3rd U.S. President
(1743-1826)

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“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

Answer: B) While dressed in his pajamas; Jefferson considered himself a man of the people – but his relaxed attitude infuriated a number of foreign dignitaries (Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents)

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