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Charlottesville – Land of Presidents

Charlottesville – land of Presidents

The region immediately around Charlottesville was home to three American Presidents – Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison (our 3rd, 4th and 5th Presidents) — an impressive record for any city but especially surprising from such a small population (currently just over 100,000).  I’ll discuss Monroe and Madison shortly, but initially want to focus on Mr. Jefferson, one of our wisest and most talented Presidents.

Thomas Jefferson‘s writing skills are well known.  He authored one of history’s greatest statements of liberty, our Declaration of Independence (if you’ve never read it before, give it a try).  Jefferson served in many political offices, most notably as the third President of the United States, but he was also a scientist, avid gardener …

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