Thomas Jefferson research

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Sample blurb for general researchers interested in Jefferson:

"It was my great good fortune, and what probably fixed the destinies of my life, that Dr. William Small of Scotland was then professor of mathematics [at the College of William and Mary], a man profound in most of the useful branches of science, with a happy talent of communications, correct and gentlemanly manners, and an enlarged and liberal mind." --Thomas Jefferson, William and Mary Class of 1762

Jefferson however did not always have such positive things to say about the College and I think you will find that information in great detail in a number of books including Jefferson biographies and histories of the College of William and Mary as well as the University of Virginia, which he is known as the "father" of.

Firstly, you will find a bit of information about Jefferson at the College's website at http://www.wm.edu/about/jefferson/index.php. Below is information for four books about William and Mary that you can use to request the books through your local library's interlibrary loan department (if you are in Virginia, it is possible that your local library may have one or more of these books). The first title listed is the most comprehensive history of the College currently available and contains a great deal of information about Jefferson as well as Prof. Small whom he greatly admired. I also recommend that you visit the Monticello website at http://www.monticello.org/reports/bibliography/biography.html. It includes a great deal of information I think you will find of interest including a list of books and videos about Jefferson.