Thomas Jefferson (April 13,] 1743 – July 4, 1826) was a statesman, diplomat, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had been elected the second vice president of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level.
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
In honor of President’s Day, I would like to remember Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the greatest men in our US history. His accomplishments are many, and his legacy still impacts us today.
His studies of metaphysics and philosophy is evident in the quote above as he attributes happiness as something we create in our own lives and minds, outside our particular circumstances.
Wise advice …. which of course, we know he gave during the beginning of our country over 200 years ago.
I want to close this section by one final quote which addresses his view on the role of government: