Thursday 29 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 3: Thomas Jefferson

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

Here in the nip is Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). He's that famous American scholar who WAS President, as opposed to Benjamin Franklin, the famous American scholar who wasn't. Facts:


Born 13th April 1743, Shadwell, Virginia
Died 4th July 1826, Charlottesville, Virginia

Presidential Term 4th March 1801 - 4th March 1809

Thomas Jefferson was the last President of the United States to have been a signatory to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He was also responsible for drafting the document. All together now: "...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...". The clever old goose.

Thomas Jefferson's election saw the first time that the party represented by the President changed; from Federalist to Democratic-Republican. He called this "the revolution of 1800". Which was doing it a bit brown.

Thomas Jefferson's Presidency saw a number of significant events. He oversaw the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, where the US bought large tracts of land west of the Mississippi river from France. It cost sixteen pounds. The following year, the expedition of Lewis and Clark began. Commissioned by Jefferson following the Louisiana Purchase, it sought to discover what else lay beyond the horizon in the continental US, in order that it might be bought or taken by force. Spoiler: it eventually all was.

In 1807, the slave trade was abolished. This would almost certainly prevent any further slavery-related intrigue occurring in 19th Century America.

During Jefferson's Presidency, a seventeenth State joined the Union: Ohio, on 1st March 1803.

Thomas Jefferson was the first American President to not have a First Lady: he was a widower throughout entire Presidential term, his wife Martha having died in 1782.

Jefferson and his erstwhile political rival (later close friend and correspondent) John Adams - the second President of the United States - both died on 4th July 1826, separated by a matter of hours. That day was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for which both men were present.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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