Tag Archives: President 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: Revolutionary: A Book Review

After two hundred and fifty years of mining the elusive Mr. Jefferson, one wonders what more could possibly be left to dissect… Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary is a complex dissection, albeit not for wimps or the casual reader of history. It … 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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The White House New Year’s Day Reception

After two years in New York and ten years in Philadelphia, the capital of the country was moved to Washington at the very end of 1800. The Dismal Days Washington DC was just opening for business in late 1800, after … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Wednesday Squeezes

It did not start out to be a major event – but it became the benchmark of Washington society for nearly two decades. Washington 1801: Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, were both in their late fifties when they became First … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: A Book Review

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates has been sitting on the Best Seller list for several weeks now, and hooray! It does exactly what it wants to accomplish: interest the reader in an informative-but-not-didactic manner, and prove the point that … 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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