21 February 2014
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)
The third President of the United States, Jefferson also served as the Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State under George Washington, member of the Continental Congress, Minister to France, and Vice President under John Adams. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the founder of the University of Virginia. It was Jefferson who acquired the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the country, and it was he who dispatched Lewis and Clark to explore it. Although a slave owner himself, he signed the 1807 law banning further importation of slaves into the United States.The polymathic Jefferson was an architect, inventor, scientist, philosopher and linguist. It seems to me that Jefferson’s quote must refer to honesty with the self as well as to our dealings with others.