Today, he is a great president. In his own time, he was described as “a liar, whoremaster, debaucher, drunkard, gambler, and infidel.” And that was just by one man — a preacher.
Even 190 years after Thomas Jefferson’s death, there’s a lot to celebrate about the man. Perhaps one of the last true Renaissance men, Jefferson has a list of accomplishments that reads like a short history of politics, statecraft, and science of the 18th century.
But there was a darker side of Thomas Jefferson, one that doesn’t always play as prominent a role in biographies as it should. In public, Jefferson was Mister Enlightenment, coining the phrase “all men are created equal” and even advocating the abolition of slavery early in his career. In private, however, well…read on to see.