- from Thomas Jefferson
In 1809, Jefferson’s second term as president ended. He headed straight for Monticello. Someone else who had worked as hard as Jefferson did might have taken a little time off. But Jefferson was almost as busy as before.
By the time he returned to Monticello, he was known worldwide. People called him the Sage (wise person) of Monticello. Hundreds of people from all walks of life came to see him. They also wrote him letters, asking for his advice and opinions. He played a key role in creating the University of Virginia. Jefferson also often gave advice to Presidents James Madison and James Monroe. Until his health failed, Jefferson just “kept on doing.”