See the context of this sign.

"I have learnt to expect that it will rarely fall to the lot of imperfect man to retire
from this station with the reputation & the favor which bring him into it."
- Firstu Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

Thomas Jefferson

"Never did a prisoner, released from
his chains, feel such relief as I shall
on shaking off the shackles of power.
Natured intended me for the tranquil
pursuits of science, by rendering them
my supreme delight. But the enormities
of the times in which I have lived, have
forced me to take a part in resisting
them, and t commit myself on the
boisterous ocean of political passions."

- Letter to P.S. Dupont de Nemours, March 2, 1809,
two days before leaving office

Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor of Mount Rushmore

In the "portraits and data we have of him
...we see the young man, the torch-bearer,
the artist, the architect, the musician and
builder, the creator in all his varied moods.
I am sorry I have only one portrait to
make of him."

-New York Times Magazine, August 25, 1941

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BORNApril 13, 1743, Shadwell, Virginia
MARRIEDMartha Wayles Skelton (1748-1782), January 1, 1772
CHILDRENMartha (1771-1836), Jane (1774-1775),
Infant sone (1777), Mary (1778-1804),
Lucy (1780-1781), Lucy (1781-1784)
DIEDJuly 4, 1826, at Monticello, Virginia, on the
50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence,
the same day president John Adams died
EDUCATIONCollege of William and Mary, 1762
OCCUPATIONLawyer, scientific farmer
POLITICAL PARTYDemocratic-Republican
- Minister to France
- George Washington's Secretary of State
- John Adam's Vice President
- The Louisiana Territory purchased from France
for $15 million
- The Lewis and Clark expedition
explored the northwest
- Importing African slaves to the United States
became illegal