Resume of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning
very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
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 Burgesses.
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 Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginias legal code and
wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding
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
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George
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 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 the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of
Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Adams
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 would not.
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
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.
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
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: