Jefferson's 263rd Birthday

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 13, 2006

Thomas Jefferson would have been 263 on Thursday.

To honor the former president local dignitaries gathered at Jefferson’s Monticello home.

They laid wreaths in commemoration at the cemetery where he was buried.

A historian spoke about that day when hundreds came to pay their respects.

“No public notice was given. Jefferson didn't want that. But a large procession formed in town to come out here but they were too late for the service. The service was over. The grave was being filled when 1,500 people arrived from town,” said University of Virginia Law Professor Daniel Meador.

One of the wreaths laid near Jefferson’s grave was sent by President George Bush.

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