Thomas Jefferson, DESK SIZE, "I cannot live without books..."
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"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object."
Thomas Jefferson to John Adams
This is an 8 x 10' frame designed to fit on a desk or in a bookcase, or to be hung on the wall.
Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia in 1743, and served his country as president, public official, philosopher, and historian for over five decades. As a member of the Continental Congress, he was chosen in 1776 to draft the Declaration of Independence, which has been regarded ever since as a charter of American and universal liberties. The document proclaims that all men are equal in rights, regardless of birth, wealth, or status, and that the government is the servant, not the master, of the people.
After Jefferson left Congress in 1776, he returned to Virginia and served in the legislature and was elected governor from 1779 to 1781. In 1784, he entered public service again, in France, first as trade commissioner and then as Benjamin Franklin's successor as minister. In 1790, he accepted the post of secretary of state under his friend George Washington. His tenure was marked by his opposition to the pro-British policies of Alexander Hamilton. In 1796, as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Republicans, he became vice-president after losing to John Adams by three electoral votes.
Four years later, he defeated Adams and became president, the first peaceful transfer of authority from one party to another in the history of the young nation.
Medium : 1 photomechanical print : halftone, color
Created/Published : 1929
Creator : Gilbert Stuart, artist, 1755-1828
Frame : 1 1/2' Maroon with Gold trim, wood, Size : 8' x 10'
Housed in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress
Availability: Usually ships in one week
Product #: FR0073