Thomas Jefferson Facts – 36 Interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson
Interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson
He married Martha Skelton Jefferson in 1772 and bore him six children, one boy and five girls but only two daughters, Mary and Martha, lived to be adults. His wife Martha died at the age of 33 due to child birth complications. Jefferson did not remarry but it is believed that he fathered more children from one of his slaves, Sally Hemmings.
Thomas’s father died when he was only 14 years old and since he was the eldest in the family he became the bread earner. He was born to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph Jefferson and came from a prominent Virginia family.
He had an ear for music and loved to play and listen to instruments.
Thomas started learning when he was only five at home and learned reading, writing, mathematics and Latin language.
He enrolled to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, when he was only 17.
He also wanted to become a lawyer and stayed and studied with a lawyer George Wythe, in order to become one.
He breathed his last on July 4, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
His face is omnipresent on the modern nickel.
He is often regarded as a Renaissance man and had a great curiosity to increase knowledge.
Jefferson was an economist and wanted to engage in economic theory which he learned during his stint in France. He was an advocate of free market policies and was not in favor of the use of bank notes as currency.