At 5, began
studying under his cousins tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and
At 16, entered the College of William and
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
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
At 33, wrote the Declaration of
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 Henry.
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 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
At 65, retired to Monticello.
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the
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
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 today. 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
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 is, 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 disbelieves and abhors is
sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more
dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the
American people ever allow private banks to control the
issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up
around the banks will deprive
the people of all property - until their children
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."