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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, 1791, oil on canvas by Charles Wilson Peale. Independence National Historical Park, Historical Park Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


In 1791 Charles Wilson Peale added this portrait of Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson to his museum's collection of American Heroes. Jefferson appears younger than his nearly fifty years, perhaps evoking the the young man the artist remembered as the Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress. Jefferson was well known to Americans in 1791, having also served as Governor of Virginia and ambassador to France.

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Taken on February 22, 2009