Thomas Jefferson and I share the same birthday. Sometimes I think I have done a lot in life, then I realize what he did and I am humbled.
Here is a list of some of his accomplishments, without today’s technology!
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor. I played in dirt.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. I played baseball.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. I quit playing baseball.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. I found my first girlfriend.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. I dropped out of college.
At 23, started his own law practice. I went through a divorce.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. I married my Beautiful Bride.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice. I was in the best physical shape of my life, take that Thomas!
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress. I Moved to Missouri.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence. I got my first technology article published in a local paper.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom. The editor of the local paper changed the wording / edited my article to useless crap.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry. I lost my job at the factory.
At 40, served in Congress for two years. I had a big party with my friends.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams. I merged my technology company with another.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington. My joint venture went bust.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society. I’m not there yet!
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello .
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence .