Very few people have given as much as Thomas Jefferson to the unique history and heritage of America. Born in Shadwell, Virginia on April 13, 1743, Jefferson was a man of unusual intelligence, ability, and accomplishment. In fact, as President John F. Kennedy once welcomed forty-nine Nobel laureates to the White House, he said, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Jefferson had a great respect for education and was an active advocate for quality education. His love of learning and ability to work diligently prepared him to make many significant contributions to his country. Among other achievements, Thomas Jefferson was the:
Author of the Declaration of Independence
Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom
Third President of the United States
- Father of the University of Virginia
In the video below, historian David McCullough reflects on the life and legacy of Jefferson. Such important achievements rarely, if ever, come without corresponding sacrifice. As we pause to remember the life and work of Thomas Jefferson, may we reflect on the sacrifices we can make to preserve the legacy of liberty he helped create.