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Thomas Jefferson Collection (5 vols.)

By 4 authors Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard Henry Childs Merwin David Saville Muzzey / 7 publishers Wells and Lilly G. P. Putnam’s Sons Knickerbocker Press Little, Brown, and Company Houghton Mifflin Company Riverside Press Charles Scribner’s Sons Wells and Lilly,
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,
Knickerbocker Press,
Little, Brown, and Company,
Houghton Mifflin Company,
Riverside Press,
Charles Scribner’s Sons
/ 1829–1929


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When John Adams was asked to draft the Declaration of Independence, he famously quipped that it should be Thomas Jefferson, not himself, writing the Declaration. Adams provided three reasons: Jefferson was a Virginian, Adams was “obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular” while Jefferson was “very much otherwise,” and “you [Jefferson] can write ten times better than I [Adams] can.” Seventeen days later Jefferson produced the first draft of what would become one of history’s best-known documents on political philosophy and human rights. The Thomas Jefferson Collection includes Jefferson’s extended treatise describing the just society, Notes on the State of Virginia, his autobiography, and three classic biographical volumes examining the life and legacy of the United States’ third president, and first national mouthpiece.

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Key Features

  • Includes Jefferson’s influential treatise on the just society, Notes on the State of Virginia
  • Presents three classic biographies of the third American president
  • Provides excellent insight into one of America’s greatest political thinkers

Individual Titles

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson: 1743–1790

  • Author: Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 220

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This volume contains Thomas Jefferson’s autobiography, covering his life from birth to the beginning of his term as secretary of state. Written in 1821, when Jefferson was 77 years old, his autobiography is an invaluable window into one of American history’s greatest minds.


Notes on the State of Virginia

  • Author: Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher: Wells and Lilly
  • Publication Date: 1829
  • Pages: 300

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Notes on the State of Virginia serves as Thomas Jefferson’s Republic. In it, he characterizes his vision of the just society, which he saw as exemplified in his home state of Virginia. This volume is an invaluable extended look into Jefferson’s thought on the fundamental liberal principles of separation of church and state, federalism, checks and balances, and individual liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

  • Author: David Saville Muzzey
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 347

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David Saville Muzzey writes in his preface that he “wished only to write a truthful and readable account of the life of a great American citizen.” Unlike the other founding fathers, Muzzey sees the merit of Jefferson’s legacy as perpetually up for debate. Muzzey writes an eloquent and impassioned defense of Jefferson as amongst the greatest statesmen in American history.

Thomas Jefferson: The Apostle of Americanism

  • Author: Gilbert Chinard
  • Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 602

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In this biographical volume, Gilbert Chinard details the life of Thomas Jefferson from boyhood to old age. Chinard pays special attention to the thinkers that influenced Jefferson and the impression he left on political philosophy, calling Jefferson “the greatest political philosopher of America and one of her greatest sons.”

Gilbert Chinard (1881–1972) was Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature at Princeton. Born and educated in France, he came to the United States in 1908 and taught at Brown, the University of California, John Hopkins University, and finally at Princeton. He is best known for his biographies of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson

  • Author: Henry Childs Merwin
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publication Date: 1901
  • Pages: 178

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Henry Childs Merwin’s biography of Thomas Jefferson covers Jefferson’s life from childhood to his retirement. It is a readable journey through the major events of this Founding Father and third president of the United States.

Henry Childs Merwin (1853–1929) also wrote biographies of Aaron Burr and Bret Harte.

Product Details

  • Title: Thomas Jefferson Collection
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,647

About Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) was the third president of the United States of America and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He served in the Continental Congress as a representative from Virginia, and was the wartime governor of Virginia. He served as the United States minister to France after the Revolutionary War and was the first secretary of state, under George Washington. He was close friends with James Madison, with whom he cofounded the Democratic-Republican Party in opposition to the Federalist Party. He was elected president in 1800 and oversaw the Louisiana Purchase. A key figure in the Enlightenment and a polymath, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia after his two terms as president. He died a few hours before John Adams, on July 4, 1826, 50 years to the day after the United States officially declared independence.