By: Mason Sidzina
Background Info about Jefferson
9. He would have had an iPad. Jefferson loved science, technology and innovation. One of his favorite devices was a rotating bookstand that could hold five books at once.
8. He was a great grandfather. He had 12 grandchildren, and many of them lived with him at the same time. He would organize races for the kids on the enormous lawn of Monticello.
7. He loved to play. As a boy, the freckle-faced Jefferson played with his friends on the land where he would eventually build Monticello. He would explore the woods, creeks and streams.
6. He was an early archaeologist. He had the bones of a mastodon, an animal from 40 million years ago that looked a bit like an elephant, sent to him at the White House.
5. He loved books. And I really mean he LOVED books. How many books do you have in your house? More than 20? More than 50? More than 100? In 1814, the original Library of Congress was attacked by British troops and all the books were burned. Jefferson offered his personal library as a replacement. In 1815, the Library of Congress was restocked — with Jefferson’s 6,487 books.
4. He loved to write letters. We’re not talking e-mails, tweets or text messages here. Jefferson wrote about 19,000 letters during his lifetime.
3. He loved vanilla ice cream. He probably first tasted ice cream while traveling in France. He brought home a recipe for it, which is now in the Library of Congress.
2. He would have loved Home Depot. “Putting up and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements,” Jefferson said about the building of Monticello. It took him more than 40 years to complete the house’s 33 rooms on four floors. Many of the rooms are octagonal, because he loved the shape.
1. He kept pet mockingbirds. He loved their singing and often had at least four at a time. His favorite bird was named Dick.
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Jefferson also developed his wheel cipher between the years 1792 and 1793. The wheel cipher consisted of twenty-six cylindrical wooden pieces which each had a hole bored into its center so that they could then be threaded onto an iron spindle.