Friday, March 14, 2008

Jefferson's Tombstone

Yesterday, Jennie noted the Obituary of James Monroe. It did not even note that Monroe had been President of the United States!

Another well known omission is the at the grave of Thomas Jefferson. His tombstone notes, "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia."

The part about being President is notably missing...

4 comments:

June said...

I don't know about Monroe, but I'm pretty sure Jefferson wanted his to be without mention of his presidency.

Jennie W said...

I think I'd heard the same thing - that Jefferson wanted the Presidency left off it. Makes you see what he thought was his most important contributions!

Scott said...

Jefferson wanted his top accomplishments listed, not the offices he held. There's a record of this on display at Monticello.

G Bev said...

The tomb of Andrew Jackson is similar. The engraving on the cement slab refers to him as "General Andrew Jackson." No mention of his preisdency.