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There were only 24 hours in a day, then, as now.
But be­fore he died in 1826, he:

  • Finished college in less than three years.
  • Studied Law and had been admitted to the bar at age 24.
  • Introduced crop rotation and terracing to the U.S.
  • Designed and built his own home, designed one of the nation’s leading universities and the Capitol building of his own state.
  • Invented a plow, a manifold signing machine, a letter copy press, double-swinging doors, a seven-day calendar clock, and countless other gadgets.
  • Originated the decimal system for U.S. money.
  • Played a violin well.
  • Became a serious student of natural history, Indian languages, Latin, Greek, Italian, French, German, Anglo-Saxon, mathematics, history, geography, civics, economics and philosophy.
  • Served as a member of his State Legislature, Governor, Minister of France, Secretary of State, Vice President and President of the United States for two terms.
  • Created the public school system in his state.
  • Established the U.S. Military Academy and designed the uniforms the cadets still wear.
  • Wrote the rules of parliamentary procedure under which the U.S. Senate still operates.
  • Was an excellent host who enjoyed entertaining.
  • Fought for a system of government that made the U.S. a democratic Republic, not one ruled by the aristocracy
  • Wrote 16,000 letters to friends and colleagues all over the world.
  • Designed his own gravestone and created the epitaph listing the three accomplishments, of which he was proudest: “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence; of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom; and father of the University of Virginia.”

What a lesson to people who say, in these days of labor-saving devices: ‘I just don’t have the time.

Author: William “Bill” Schock, publisher of the Falls City Journal, NE
Source: Unknown

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