The True Thomas Jefferson

The True Thomas Jefferson

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The True Thomas Jefferson

The True Thomas Jefferson

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JEFFERSON came honestly by his red hair, his tenacity of purpose, which in lesser men is sometimes called stubbornness, and his love of controversy. His father, Peter Jefferson, was a Welshman, whose family is said to have come to the colonies at an early date from the foot of Snowden, the highest mountain in Great Britain. He knew nothing of them, although he sometimes boasted that the first of the name in Virginia was a member of the Assembly of 1619, the first legislative body that ever convened on the western continent; but he was never able to prove relationship. His mother was of a good Scotch family of wealth and influence. Her name was Jane, and her father was Isham Randolph, one of the richest tobacco lords in Virginia. Peter Jefferson was a surveyor, like Washington, and both attained social position through marriage. Thomas Jefferson used to sneer at the long pedigree of his mother's family and to boast that his father came from the soil, but, nevertheless, in 1771 he wrote to Thomas Adams, his agent in London, "to search the herald's office for the arms of my family. I have what I am told are the family arms, but . . .

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