Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s founding fathers. He was also an author, statesman, diplomat, and 3rd U.S. President. Learn about his life and accomplishments with these fun facts!
The Jefferson Memorial was designed by John Russell Pope and dedicated on April 13, 1943. The memorial is located at the base of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., and is the only building in the world named after Thomas Jefferson.
2. Jefferson's Quotes
Thomas Jefferson wrote many quotes throughout his life, including “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man” and “All men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
3. Jefferson's House
Thomas Jefferson lived in a house called Monticello between 1743-1790. He built the home himself and it was completed in 1769. The house is now a museum where people can learn about Jefferson's life and view his belongings.
4. Jefferson's Tomb
In 1826, Thomas Jefferson died and was buried at the University of Virginia Cemetery. His tomb is made out of white marble and features a statue of him sitting under a tree.
5. Jefferson's Tree
A live oak tree grows inside the rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial. The tree is 400 years old and is said to be the largest living thing in the United States.
6. Jefferson's Library
The library at Monticello contains 6 million books and is open to visitors. There are two floors of books and each floor focuses on a different topic. The first floor holds political science, economics, history, and biography while the second floor holds philosophy, religion, law, and natural sciences.
7. Jefferson's Statues
There are statues of Jefferson all around the country, but the most famous ones are in front of the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House.