American Presidents

More about Thomas Jefferson

  • When he became president, he had been a widower for 19 years. His daughter Martha or "Patsy" assumed the role of First Lady.
  • Jefferson’s wife, Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, died 19 years before Jefferson became president, making him the first widower in the White House.
  • During his administration, the U.S. population was five and a half million.
  • "Of all the cankers of human happiness, none corrodes it with so silent, yet so baneful a tooth, as indolence. . .Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondria, and that a diseased body."

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