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Summer Jefferson Symposium

Jefferson in Another Light: Revealing the Man through Family Letters

What was Jefferson – father, grandfather, and friend – like in the last years of his life? What did a day in the life of Jefferson in retirement look like? During this period, Jefferson’s love of the written word was evidenced in an extensive correspondence with his own family. While he remained characteristically reserved in his own letters, even about some of the most tumultuous events of these years, his family’s correspondence is full of the details that reveal a far more vivid portrait of the man.


Lisa Francavilla
Managing Editor,
Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

Lisa Francavilla

Lisa A. Francavilla is Managing Editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, co-editor of Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England: The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839, and a doctoral student at George Mason University.

"I cannot live without books."
- Thomas Jefferson