A Man For All Seasons

How Great A Man Was Thomas Jefferson?
by Dr. Tom O’Brien, Yonkers, NY
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s 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 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
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 the Democratic-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 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.
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.”
Some key quotes from our Uncle Tom:
“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 the world.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours 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 subsidise 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 conquered.” 
Two hundred years later we are proof of all the above. But who will lead us into the next American Revolution? And when?
H/t beloved fellow Joseph.

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Patriot Angel
Patriot Angel
9 years ago

I wish he was still alive today. I often quote him.

9 years ago

Wow, this man was accomplished! Some new stuff here I didn’t know about…

9 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Yeppers, double ditto here for myself! Thank you, Dr Tom OBrien and Eowyn for this very timely reminder of the quality we had in the Founders of this very great nation, the hope of the world.

9 years ago

Joseph and Eowyn, thank you for the snapshot of a remarkable man. Amazing.

9 years ago

“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.” I keep firearms to protect myself, my family, and if needed, others as well. I’ve never kept a firearm to perform a criminal act. Any savvy high school kid with $200 can buy a weapon in short order. NY has the Sullivan Act, perhaps the most draconian firearms law ever created, and how much good has it done in the past SEVENTY… Read more »

9 years ago

Of course, you provide no source to the quotations referenced in this post. Mostly because Jefferson never said any of those things. Nice try, though. TJ was an atheist, debtor, philanderer and a horrible “role model” for this great country. You should be ashamed for worshiping such a despicable, disgrace of a human being. May God have mercy upon you.