The Trial of Thomas Jefferson, Governor

“Public offices are, what they should be, burdens to those appointed to them which it would be wrong to decline, though foreseen to bring with them intense labor and great private loss.”


So wrote a newly elected governor Jefferson to a friend.

Thomas Jefferson’s experience as a wartime governor was, even as judged the most favorable biographers, not the best part of his career. We take a look at his experience. And we look at the Revolutionary War in Virginia, discover a forgotten hero and learn a bit about Executive Branch-meets-Legislative Branch in the process.