Things Named Jefferson: The Plant Edition

February 20, 2009

Jeffersonia diphylla or Twinleaf is an uncommon spring flower named after the “Titan of Tuckahoe” in 1792 by botonist Benjamin Smith Barton, a contemporary of TJ, and fellow member of the American Philosophical Society.

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Monticello Mapped, Pt. I

November 6, 2008

I’m pretty sure TJ did not have access to this sort of map. But for your viewing pleasure, a couple of satellite photos of Monticello Mountain…


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Jeffersonia: October’s Best

November 3, 2008

October was a great month here at Jeffersonia. We expreienced the first frost of the year here, the leaves begun dropping and we reached the modest milestone of welcoming our 750th guest! Here is a roll call of October’s best posts (IMHO):

  • Pt. I of our series on Jefferson and Architecture. Click here.
  • Rachel Levy at Monticello. Go here.
  • Esopus Spitzenburg – Apple of the month! Click here.
  • Madison is winning Founding Fathers Football. Go here.
  • The 113th Anniversary of the UVA Rotunda fire. Click here.
  • And last, but hardly least, I give you the cheapest war in American History. Go here for the frugal wartime goodness.

Photos used via Creative Commons License (c) Saquan Stimpson, cliff1066foodista, and seier+seier+seier

Maybury on the next Jefferson

November 1, 2008

Economist Richard Maybury is the author of Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This?, one of many in his “Uncle Eric” series of books which explore the economic, political, social, and historical influences on current events. He currently is offering a free issue of his “U.S. and World Early Warning Report” newsletter  in which he writes about statis vs. anti-stasis and his thoughts about having our first anti-stasis President since Thomas Jefferson. It’s very provocative stuff.

Source and Image: EWR

Mr. Madison’s War- The Cheapest American War in History

October 31, 2008

Even though it was pretty much a draw, and not the startling victory that was the American Revolution, the War of 1812 does have the distinction of being the cheapest in American History! According to the Bound Dragon blog, the roughly two and a half year skirmish with our former British overloards cost only half  the price tag of the Mexican War, one quarter of the Revolutionary War, and nearly a hundred times less than the Gulf War. Sure, the see-saw, back and forth action allowed neither side to gather enough momentum to pull out the victory, but then President James Madison sure knew how to get the most war for the dollar!

Go here to see the list. 
Follow the links below for more on Mr. Madison’s War:



History Central

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TJTube: John Adams Edition

October 30, 2008

In honor of his recent Emmy wins, I give you TJTube: The John Adams Edition…

TJ and Adams at a drive-through…
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113th Anniversary of the Rotunda Fire

October 29, 2008

The UVAtoday blog noted this past Monday marked the 113th anniversary of fire of the famed Rotunda at UVA. The building was rebuilt by 1898 and the improved version lasted all the way to 1973.

An amusing detail about the fire itself was that a UVA engineering professor saw the Rotunda burning and decided the solution to the problem was…dynamite! The result? Yes, it made the problem much worse, but hey – high marks for ingenuity and chutzpah!

For a great online resource on the history of the Rotunda, visit the Rotunda History page. Click here.

Source: UVAToday
Photo courtesy of Eddi 07