A native of Virginia, 1745. Though born to affluence, he studied law as his profession; took an active and important part in the early scenes of the revolution; was a member in the state and national legislatures; drew up the new constitution for Virginia in 1783; went to England in 1786 and then to France, to which he was appointed Ambassador, on his return he was made secretary of state under Washington in 1789; retired to private life in 1794; elected vice president in 1797 and then president of the United States in 1801; re-elected in 1805,--and in 1809 retired to his seat at Montecello. He was the author of "Notes on Virginia" and drew up the Declaration of Independence and has been president of the Philosophical Society since the death of Rittenhouse. [P. 32.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.