Sitting in the middle of his epitaph? Author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. It may seem like a curious inclusion given Jefferson’s other successes — third president of the United States and the overseer of the Louisiana Purchase (which doubled the size of the U.S.), to name two.
Before Thomas Jefferson died, he asked that three of his accomplishments be written on his Monticello tombstone. The first is easy to guess — author of the Declaration of Independence. Also well known is the third accomplishment listed — father of the University of Virginia.
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