Daily Trivia: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence for the fledgling United States and then served as its secretary of state, vice president and president. He was also an inventor, philosopher, farmer, naturalist, astronomer and musician. He played the violin, the cello and the harp.

An early biographer, James Parton described the young Jefferson a year before he helped write the Declaration of Independence as follows:

“A gentleman of thirty-two who could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, dance a minuet and play the violin.”

Jefferson died on 4th July, 1826. He was eighty-three years old and he wrote his own epitaph before he died. It didn’t mention anything about being president. It said, “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and the Father of the University of Virginia.”

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