Washington honors Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson, a private citizen, living at his home, Monticello, in Virginia, wrote to President George Washington on February 14, 1790. In his letter, Jefferson informed Washington that he would accept a position in the Government, wrap up his affairs as quickly as possible, and head to the Capital in New York City. His new job? Secretary of State. Text adapted from “On the Other Side” in the October 2004 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education.

National Archives, Records of the Department of State