Subject: Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man whostarted 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 andadditional languages.
� At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
� At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting underGeorge Wythe.
� At 23, started his own law practice.
� At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
� At 31, wrote the widely circulated "SummaryView of the Rights of British America " and retired from his lawpractice.
� At 32, was a Delegate to the SecondContinental Congress.
� At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
� At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’slegal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute forReligious Freedom.
� At 36, was elected the second Governor ofVirginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
� At 40, served in Congress for two years.
� At 41, was the American minister to France andnegotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with BenFranklin and John Adams.
� At 46, served as the first Secretary of Stateunder George Washington.
� At 53, served as Vice President and waselected president of the American Philosophical Society.
� At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions andbecame the active head of Republican Party.
� At 57, was elected the third president of theUnited States .
� At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchasedoubling 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 theMonroe Doctrine.
� At 81, almost single-handedly created theUniversity of Virginia and served as its first president.
� At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of theSigning of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studiedthe previous failed attempts at government. He understood actualhistory, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. Thathappens to be way more than what most understand today. Jeffersonreally knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in thefuture:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white Housefor a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He madethis statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligenceever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception ofwhen Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
“When we get piled upon one another in largecities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .” --Thomas Jefferson
“The democracy will cease to exist when you takeaway from those who are willing to work and give to those who wouldnot.”-- Thomas Jefferson
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay itsown debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would saveone-half the wars of the world.”-- Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans ifthey can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the peopleunder the pretense of taking care of them.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that mostbad government results from too much government.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use ofarms.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“The strongest reason for the people to retainthe right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protectthemselves against tyranny in government.”-- Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from timeto time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes thepropagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful andtyrannical.”-- Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:“I believe that banking institutions are moredangerous to our liberties than standing armies.If the American people ever allow private banks tocontrol the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then bydeflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around thebanks will deprive the people of all property - until their childrenwake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
I wish we could get this out to everyone!!!
I'm doing my part. Please do yours......
6/24/2011 12:14:00 PM
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