As both the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson would seem to have accomplished more than enough for one lifetime. But Jefferson was the epitome of the term “Renaissance Man,” having also been a noted lawyer, architect, patriot, diplomat, philosopher, and scholar. He designed his famous mansion of Monticello following his initial career practicing law. He then served in the Virginia legislature and as a delegate in the Continental Congress, where he wrote the renowned Declaration. After the Revolutionary War, he served as the U.S. representative in France, secretary of state, and vice-president. In his eight years as president, his notable achievements included the Louisiana Purchase. Rather than seek a third term as president, he retired to Monticello and authored several books. He also founded the University of Virginia and remained active in American political debates, particularly over the issue of slavery.
This book presents a captivating study of Thomas Jefferson’s fascinating life, based on excerpts from James Schouler’s thorough 1919 biography. The overview is augmented by a substantial and selective bibliography, featuring access provided through author, title, and subject indexes.