Happy President’s Day! ~ A Jefferson Anecdote
According to “The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson” by Mrs. Randolph, his great-grand-daughter, Jefferson rode to Madison’s presidential inauguration on horseback! The truth of the incident, however, is not established.
“One the day of the inauguration of his successor, Jefferson rode on horseback to the Capitol, being accompanied only by his grandson, Jefferson Randolph - then a lad of his seventeenth year. He had heard that a body of cavalry and in fantry were preparing to escort him to the Capitol, and, still anxious to avoid all kinds of display, hurried off with his grandson. As they rode along Pennsylvania Avenue, Mr. Jefferson caught a glimpse of the head of the column coming down one of the cross-streets. He touched his hat to the troops, and, spurring up his horse, trotted past them. He again hitched his horse to the palisades around the Capitol, and, entering the building, there witnessed the transfer of the administration of the Government from his won hands into those of the man who, above all others, was the man of his choice for that office - his long-tried and trusted friend, James Madison. Thus closed forever his public career.”
In Jefferson’s diary we have this entry:
Feb’y 3, 1801, Rec’d from Col. John Hoomes of the Bowling Green a bay horse Wildair, 7 yr. old, 16 hands high, for which I am to pay him 300 D May 1.
This week marks the bicentennial celebration of the statehood of Louisiana. Among the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate at the Center for Legislative Archives are many documents that illustrate the important role Congress plays in the creation of states. For Louisiana the road to statehood was relatively short; it became a state less than 10 years after being acquired from the French Government under provisions of the Louisiana Purchase. Visit our featured documents page for selection of congressional records that document Louisiana’s journey to become the 18th state in the Union.
Proclamation of Governor William Claiborne, 12/20/1803, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
President Jefferson’s nomination of William Claiborne, 11/30/1804, Records of the U.S. Senate
The Constitution of the State of Louisiana, 1/22/1812, Records of the U.S. Senate
HR 88, 3/20/1812, Records of the U.S. Senate
Did anyone else know The White House FB page had taken advantage of Timeline like this?
Yes my FB is in Hungarian. No I don’t really know what any of it says.)
The election of 1800 was messy, going all the way to the Senate for the final decision. In the end, John Adams and the Federalist Party were defeated by Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republican Party. This was the first transition of power in a democracy in the world. Everyone expected it to end in bloodshed. Instead, inauguration day was entirely peaceful, proving the ability of democratic countries to uphold their rhetoric. It is sometimes known, somewhat ironically, as the “Revolution of 1800.”
State Of The Union Addresses - Thomas Jefferson
State Of The Union Addresses - Thomas Jefferson
It is a circumstance of sincere gratification to me that on meeting the great council of our nation I am able to announce to them on grounds of reasonable certainty that the wars and troubles which have for so many years afflicted our sister nations have at length come to an end, and that the communications of peace and commerce are once more opening among them. Whilst we devoutly return thanks to the beneficent Being who has been pleased to breathe into them the spirit of conciliation and forgiveness, we are bound with peculiar gratitude to be thankful to Him that our own peace has been preserved through so perilous a season, and ourselves permitted quietly to cultivate the earth and to practice and improve those arts which tend to increase our comforts. The assurances, indeed, of friendly disposition received from all the powers with whom we have principle relations had inspired a confidence that our peace with them would not have been disturbed. But a cessation of irregularities which had affected the commerce of neutral nations and of the irritations and injuries produced by them can not but add to this confidence, and strengthens at the same time the hope that wrongs committed on unoffending friends under a pressure of circumstances will now be reviewed with candor, and will be considered as founding just claims of retribution for the past and new assurance for the future.Download State Of The Union Addresses - Thomas Jefferson Now State Of The Union Addresses - Thomas Jefferson
Dated February 13, 1804, this acknowledges the receipt of $7,500,000 in stock certificates by James Leonard to be used towards the purchase of Louisiana.
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Monticello: Happy Presidents’ Day!
The history of Presidents’ Day dates back to 1800, when Congress declared February 22 a federal holiday. Today, Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February and honors the legacies of all U.S. Presidents.
Well there you go.
im doing a paper and i need help so...explain your vote for thomas jefferson in the preidential election of 1804
1. Is this candidate awesome?
2. Is this candidate sexy?
3. Is this candidate Thomas Jefferson?
Thomas Jefferson wore his party’s first “party hat”.
I realize that if the answer to 3 is yes by default 1 and 2 are as well, but those would have been my conditions for voting for Jefferson in 1804. If my state hadn’t had to change our law, removing women’s voting right to go along nicely with the Union.
New Jersey forever!
But on a more serious note, his first term was very successful; all the headaches that occurred were mainly in the second term. So there would have been really very little reason to not vote for him in 1804 beyond being a stickler Federalist who can’t let go. Without my Jefferson library I can’t give you anything more specific, but I hope that helps a little.
was Jefferson a demagogue or a democrat? i need 3 reasons and I need help!
Oh this is an interesting question and probably depends on who you’re quoting and which Founding Father you like. My inclination would be to say he was democratic because of his utter belief in the common man, his suspicion of the Constitution for giving so much power to the government instead of the states or people, and his way of conducting his presidency. Yes answering the door in his bathrobe when the ambassador from Great Britain is showing up might not seem like the best idea, but it proves a point that he wasn’t going along with pomp and circumstance, he wasn’t going to give speeches, because that wasn’t his job. The president wasn’t someone to see and think, Why look at our president; it was someone to do his job for people to think, Why our president is a very good president.
But I suppose I’ll also say others can send in their thoughts if they’d like. This is just off the top of my head while in France; perhaps someone with their books and ideas might have other thoughts to add.
Spent today in D.C. Mostly the National Gallery of Art.
My historical OT3 were together in a corner. So I took a picture. :D