The Man from Monticello

In his commonplace book, Thomas Jefferson has included a favorite quotation from Euripides: "For with slight efforts, how should one obtain great results? It is foolish even to desire it." Those few words aptly characterize Jefferson himself. He has never done anything lightly or halfheartedly, and all his life the young author of the Declaration of Independence has made great efforts to obtain great results.

A native Virginian, Jefferson, 33, shares with other wealthy tobacco planters a love of good food, good wine and fast horses. Unlike...

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