HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A RENAISSANCE MAN THOMAS JEFFERSON
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THOMAS JEFFERSON' Birthday
APRIL 13, 1743 - JULY 4, 1826
One of the last trips my husband and I took
was to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home.
It was a beautiful place. We went in the early summer.
All the flowers were in bloom. The vegetable gardens went on for acres.
Flowers and vegetables of every kind were tilled to prefection.
The trees gave a much needed shade to the summer heat.
The lush green of the Virginia mountains was majestic.
Through out the mansion there were many of his inventions.
One that impressed me was a machine where he could sign
several documents at the same time.
It was called polygraph the forerunner of what we know
now as the lie-detector
THOMAS JEFFERSON - A RENAISSANCE MAN
He was the author of The Declaration of Independence
He was the third president of the United States of America.
While he was president he purchased the vast Louisiana Territory from France.
He also sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to explore and map
America's new land in the west.
He spoke five languages. He was an inventor, a scientist,
an architecture and a philosopher, to name a few of his many talents.
His Monticello library became part of the Library of Congress.
Jefferson's face is one of the four carved on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
He designed Monticello his home. He also assisted in founding
The University of Virginia.
He died on July 4, 1826
on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
These are some of his quotes
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that His justice cannot sleep forever.
I believe that banking institutions are more
dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility
against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government.
*I will always treasure the trip we made to Monticello.
It was a special time with my silver haired honey
he was A RENAISSANCE MAN too.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT
John Kennedy once said to an assembled group of scholars
in the White House "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent,
of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House
with the possible exception of when THOMAS JEFFERSON dined alone ."