Thomas Jefferson the political philosopher, joined John Adams and others to formulate the concept of democracy and liberty which drove the American colonies to independence. He was a man both resolute and practical. He was a thinker, a tactician, a planner, and, on occasion, a schemer. A man of contrasts, he was intensely passionate in his convictions, yet he absorbed reality as it swirled around him to formulate patterns of action. But above all, he trusted reason - the thoughtful, reflective, undisturbed utilization of the mind - to resolve all issues, to resolve all conflicts. He dedicated his reason most passionately to implement freedom and democracy for the colonies.
Jefferson had experienced great success throughout his early career as a lawyer and as a delegate to the various Virginia legislative bodies, always demonstrating inspiring writing talents. From his pen flowed the foundation for independence from Great Britain and, later, for the Declaration of Independence itself. His courage in standing firm against the tyranny of the King and his deputies was the model for others to follow.
For all his success as a lawyer and delegate, he was reluctant to confront his adversaries directly, preferring reason to debate and litigation, pursuing confrontation through means that tended to shield him from altercation. Jefferson suffered from a weak voice and an unappealing speaking manner, and this defect, which others struggle to overcome, blended well with his temperament allowing him to remain somewhat separated and apart from the fray into which he nonetheless entered in his own unique and dedicated way.
The image of a 2D painting of Thomas Jefferson was acquired through public domain