Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s founding fathers, but how much do you really know about him? Despite the fact that Jefferson is the subject of numerous studies and high school classes, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Thomas Jefferson. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He Was Not a Fan of Birthdays. Expert historians have never been able to find documentation about Jefferson celebrating his birthday, and in fact, some information points to the fact that Jefferson would discourage people from recognizing his birthday.
Number Fourteen: He Was the Very First Secretary of State in America. You might know him as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, but Jefferson was also the United States’ first Secretary of State! He accepted the position in 1790 under George Washington’s presidency.
Number Thirteen: He’s Not Just on the Nickel. In fact, Jefferson is featured on some $1 coins, not to mention the $2 bill.
Number Twelve: He Loved Reading. And he even once said he can’t live without books! In 1815, Jefferson told John Adams that he “can not live without books.” This shouldn’t come as a great surprise, though, considering there was no Netflix back then.
Number Eleven: He Went to William & Mary. While at William & Mary, Jefferson studied math, philosophy, and metaphysics. He was so brilliant that he graduated from college after studying for just two years.
Number Ten: He Married His Third Cousin. OK, so he may have been brilliant, but clearly Jefferson wasn’t that bright because he married his third cousin. However, the practice wasn’t nearly as taboo back then as it is today.
Number Nine: He Probably Suffered From Asperger’s Syndrome. All of Jefferson’s writings and documented behavior have indicated that he very likely had a mild form of Autism. However, since he’s long gone, there’s no way of knowing for sure. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Thomas Jefferson, coming soon!