Category Archives: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, Louisiana and An Ideological Dilemma

When Thomas Jefferson became President, there were fifteen states in the Union. A Geographical Overview In 1801, the USA consisted of the original thirteen colonies, plus Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee. By the terms of the treaty ending the American Revolution, … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Merry Party

Thomas Jefferson was a sophisticated gentleman, not usually associated with rudeness, but… President Jefferson’s Hosting Attitudes Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) had grown up in a time and place of elegance and form. As a young student at William and Mary, he … Continue reading

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Tom and Dolley: The Original Ben and Jerry

Ice cream has always been one of America’s favorite desserts. But was it Thomas Jefferson or Dolley Madison who deserves the credit? Many people believe that “Dolly Madison” ice cream is named for the First Lady because she invented ice … Continue reading

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Martha Randolph: Jefferson’s One Slender Thread

Martha Jefferson Randolph had many advantages as Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, but her life was far from happy. Patsy: The Early Years Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was twenty-seven when he married Martha Wayles Skelton, a twenty-three year old widow with a toddler … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightened Palate

Thomas Jefferson was always a slender man. He ate sparingly – but what he ate was always magnificently prepared from the finest ingredients available. Thomas Jefferson was unquestionably born with a brilliant and curious mind. As the poster  child of … Continue reading

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Monticello and Sagamore Hill: Connected in Essence

Presidential homes usually provide the essence of the men who lived there, but none better than Monticello and Sagamore Hill. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Thomas Jefferson was a Renaissance man of the Enlightenment.  He somehow managed to compress half a dozen … Continue reading

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