Thomas Jefferson Doll

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Title

Thomas Jefferson Doll

Subject

Dolls for Democracy

Description

Thomas Jefferson Portrait Doll used by the B'nai B'rith in educational settings to teach about diversity. The dolls head is cast
and painted. His hair is white. The hands are molded of flesh
colored cernat. He is wearing a black velvet coat which is thigh
length. There is cream tulle at the neck, with a lace jabot and
matching lace cuffs. The waist coat is made of a black brocade
with small red and green floral motif. It has blue glass iris beads @
1/4" in diameter with a seed bead in the center. There are small iris
seed beads on his coat. The breeches are black satin. He has black
stockings and black leather shoes.
Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third
President of the United States (1801-1809), the principal author of
the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential
Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism
in the United States. Jefferson was a planter and became a lawyer
in 1767. While a member of the House of Burgess, he initiated the
Virginia Committee of Correspondence. In 1774 he wrote the
influential A Summary View of the Rights of British America. A
delegate to the Second Continental Congress, he was appointed to
the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence and
became its primary author. He was elected governor of Virginia
(1779-81) but was unable to organize effective opposition when
British forces invaded the colony, and was so harshly criticized for
this, that he resigned. Again a member of the Continental
Congress, he drafted the first of the Northwest Ordinances for
dividing and settling the Northwest Territory. In 1785 he
succeeded Benjamin Franklin as U.S. minister to France.
Appointed the first secretary of state (1790-93) by George
Washington, he soon became embroiled in a bitter conflict with
Alexander Hamilton over the country's foreign policy and their opposing interpretations of the Constitution. Their divisions gave
rise to political factions and eventually to political parties.
Jefferson served as vice president under John Adams but opposed
Adams's signing of the Alien and Sedition Acts; the Virginia and
Kentucky Resolutions, adopted by the legislatures of those states
in 1798 and 1799 as a protest against the Acts, were written by
Jefferson and James Madison. In the presidential election of 1800
Jefferson and Aaron Burr received the same number of votes in the
Electoral College; the decision was thrown to the U.S. House of
Representatives, which chose Jefferson on the 36th ballot. As
president, Jefferson attempted to reduce the powers of the federal
government and to eliminate the national debt. In 1803 he oversaw
the Louisiana Purchase and he authorized the Lewis and Clark
Expedition. In an effort to force Britain and France to cease their
molestation of U.S. merchant ships during the Napoleonic Wars,
he signed the Embargo Act. He served as president of the
American Philosophical Society, and in 1819 he founded and
designed the University of Virginia. Though a lifelong slaveholder,
Jefferson was an anomaly among the Virginia planter class for his
support of gradual emancipation.

Creator

Cecil (Ruth Bullard) Weeks

Source

Independence, MO

Date

1940 - 1970

Contributor

Donor

Rights

Storage

Format

Dolls

Type

Portrait

Identifier

2008.054.010

Files

https://www.washingtonjewishmuseum.org/artifacts/Thomas-Jefferson.jpg

Collection

Citation

Cecil (Ruth Bullard) Weeks, “Thomas Jefferson Doll,” Washington Jewish Museum Collection, accessed February 19, 2018, https://collection.washingtonjewishmuseum.org/items/show/38.