Born in Virginia on April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson is arguably the most famous of our Founding Fathers known for his role in writing the Declaration of Independence - a task which suited this intellectually curious Renaissance man - and for serving two presidential terms.
Jefferson's formal education began at age 5 and, by age 9, he was studying Latin, Greek, French and the natural world. At 16 he entered the College of William & Mary where he focused on mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy. Jefferson's desire for knowledge was insatiable and lifelong, as he studied economic theory, architecture (he designed the rotunda for the University of Michigan, his home Monticello and the Virginia State Capitol), agriculture, paleontology, and astronomy.
After his retirement, Jefferson sold his library of 6,500 books to the Library of Congress. Our third president needed cash to pay off debts but started buying more books! He was considered a gastronome and wine snob, having brought his love of French cuisine and wine back from his time spent as America's ambassador to France.
An accomplished violinist, Jefferson courted his future wife Martha with music, and was a prolific writer. Besides the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, Jefferson penned over 27,000 documents including correspondence with key historical figures, which are now housed at the Library of Congress.
One of those he corresponded extensively with was John Adams, who died the same day as Jefferson, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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