Compare And Contrast Washington And Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson wished to leave politics sooner than he eventually did so that he could lead a quiet life on his Monticello plantation. He tried to retire after Washington’s first term, but consented to remain in his cabinet until 1793. At the end of 1793, Washington attempted to rope Jefferson in for another year, but he refused. Jefferson returned to Monticello and “made no secret of his hope to never again leave Virginia, declaring that the ‘length of my tether is now fixed for life from Monticello and Richmond’” (Ferling 70). He had no trepidations of growing bored from lack of employment and would have liked to live quietly for the rest of his life. For instance, when somebody inquired about him seeking the presidency, “Jefferson shut the door with the resounding remark that the ‘question is for ever closed with me’” (Ferling 76). These words do not seem like those of our third president so what changed his mind about running for office? Jefferson was concerned about the growing power of the…show more content…
The Federalists wanted to industrialize the country, while he wanted the nation to remain an agrarian society. Jefferson associated corruption with the economic ideas preached by the Federalists because he believed that industrialization would lead to less virtuous citizens. Conversely, he thought that the community ideals fostered by agriculture would help to mold moral citizens who were vital to a representative democracy. Jefferson recognized how important the upcoming years would be in determining how the United States would look in the future, yet this factor was not overriding in his decision to return to politics. Instead Jefferson was concerned because “he envisaged a gathering crisis, an emergency nearly as great as the one that had prompted the American Revolution, and as in 1776, he believed the struggle at hand concerned the preservation of liberty” (Ferling
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