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Old April 18th, 2013, 05:29 PM   #41

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Not to put words in your sentence, but I think you mean he actually
only wrote one book, Notes on the State of Virginia, and wrote more than 20,000 letters.
and knew how to speak and write in six languages.
In 1770 a fire at his home of Shadwell burned most of his personal papers and books.

After the War of 1812, he had amassed probably the largest
private library in the US (9,000 to 10,000 books) which allowed him to sell most of his personal collection, over 6,000 books, to the Library of Congress who had lost their 3,000 book inventory in a fire. In a letter to Mr. Samuel Smith, he even tells him that Congress can have his collection at whatever price they wanted to pay:

"It is long since I have been sensible it ought not to continue private property, and had provided that at my death, Congress should have the refusal of it at their own price....I do not know that it contains any branch of science Which Congress would wish to exclude from their collection; there is, in fact, no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer. But such a wish would not correspond with my views of preventing its dismemberment. My desire is either to place it in their hands entire, or to preserve it so here. I am engaged in making an alphabetical index of the author's names, to be annexed to the catalogue, which I will forward to you as soon as completed. "
Jefferson to Samuel H. Smith, 21 September 1814.

Jefferson then began collecting books again for the next eleven years. Today
Jefferson and John Adams, each have an entire building of the Library of
Congress, named after them.
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Jefferson Reading Room
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Thank you greatly for the infomation, TJ. I have actually read that Jefferson had written his own autobiography and also had written other books, but you are the expert anyways.

I have always admired his energy. He hated idleness and once said "It's amazing how many things a person can accomplish if they work all the time".
Also, his hunger for knowledge was amazing. He was reading any book he could find, and when a fire destroyed his mansion he had inherited from his father, it was he who actually designed the architecture of Monticello, since he didn't have enough money to hire architects, he just bought a couple of books about architecture and voala!
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Joke aside, I once met an American at the Bulgarian airport and when I was asked who my favorite American president was, I replied proudly "Jefferson Davis"
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Thank you greatly for the infomation, TJ. I have actually read that Jefferson had written his own autobiography and also had written other books, but you are the expert anyways.
Yes, he did write his own autobiography, but he began the work with:

"At the age of 77, I begin to make some memoranda and state some recollections of dates & facts concerning myself, for my own more ready reference & for the information of my family."

It really wasn't for public consumption or for sale. Of course today it is bound and out there (I have a copy).

Expert? Thanks, but I'm still always digging for something about this very complex and brilliant man.

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...it was he who actually designed the architecture of Monticello, since he didn't have enough money to hire architects, he just bought a couple of books about architecture and voala!
Yes, he did fully design Monticello and had work done on it for years at a time. He was heavily influenced by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), who himself was moved by Roman and Greek design.
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Jefferson's favorite ancient building was the Roman Maison Carrée in Nimes, France.
After his time spent in touring ancient ruins in France and Italy, and marveling at the designs, he was moved to add the first dome on a private home in the US.

He had a huge role in creating the University of Virginia and designed many of its buildings.
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Legend has it when Washington, D.C. was being designed, and a public
competition was held for designs for both the President's House and
the capitol, that Jefferson entered two drawings under a fake name and
lost.
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1 Franklin Roosevelt

2 Thomas Jefferson

3 John F Kennedy

4 Bill Clinton

5 John Adams
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Joke aside, I once met an American at the Bulgarian airport and when I was asked who my favorite American president was, I replied proudly "Jefferson Davis"
Because he was totally a great president. . .
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Because he was totally a great president. . .
Not only was he a traitor, he wasn't a particularly effective one.
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Because he was totally a great president. . .
Yep. President of a secessionist region of America that lost the war. If it weren't for Grant's merciful treaty, Davis would've been convicted for treason. And many Southerners are still butthurt that they lost.
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