Thomas Jefferson

St. Louis on the Air
5:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

A Conversation With Thomas Jefferson's Modern Editor

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson painted while he was secretary of state.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

From his commission of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to the name of the city’s most recognizable landmark, St. Louis has particularly strong ties to Thomas Jefferson.

As the editor of “Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness,” a collection of Jefferson's writing organized into 34 essays, Eric Petersen has spent years reading Jefferson's letters and state papers.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father, Champion Of Liberty & Owner Of Slaves

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1805
(Courtesy Collection of The New-York Historical Society)

As the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is seen as a champion of liberty. Yet during his lifetime he owned more than 600 slaves and at the time of his death, more than 130 slaves were sold to pay off his debts.

An exhibit currently on display at the Missouri History Museum elaborates on this paradox.

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Thomas Jefferson's Books at Washington University
11:45 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Books from Thomas Jefferson's personal collection found in Wash. U. library

A scrap of paper with Greek notes in Thomas Jefferson’s hand was found tucked in a volume of Plutarch’s Lives. (Joe Angeles, Washington University in St. Louis)

Washington University in St. Louis, named for the first American president, announced this President’s Day, the discovery of a tie to another president.

The university recently learned that its libraries have a collection of books originally owned by Thomas Jefferson.

The 28 titles, including 74 volumes, were donated to Washington University in 1880, with no mention of their provenance.

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