Jefferson kept them caged on the front lawn. Those bears weren't Jefferson's only experiment with imposing creatures. He once had the bones of a mastodon sent to him in the White House and devoted time to an attempt to reconstruct it. He was actually a bit obsessed with mastodons. Just before Jefferson was appointed minister to France in , he took a trip to the country and quickly fell in love with its cuisine. In a rather cringe-inducing deal, he told his slave, James Hemings, that he would free him if Hemings would learn the art of French cooking and then pass it on to a Jefferson employee.
Jefferson kept his word, although Hemings stayed in France for several years and didn't become a free man in the U. Jefferson liked to write nearly as much as he liked to eat. The third president wrote an estimated 19, letters in his lifetime, keeping a copy of each correspondence for himself. Oddly, he never wrote to his wife. After Jefferson became minister to France, he maintained a close relationship with both John Adams and John's wife, Abigail.
Despite gender equality being a rare concept at the time, Jefferson thought Abigail to be every bit as insightful as anyone and kept a lengthy mail correspondence with her.
John Adams became vice president in with Washington's appointment as commander-in-chief, but the role seemed to insult him. Adams called it the "most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived. When he wasn't condemning his own job, Adams was an ardent admirer of William Shakespeare. Adams liked it; Jefferson thought they were overcharged for the tour.
When Adams took the presidential office in , he brought with him two dogs: One was Juno, and the other was named Satan. Adams was the first president to take up occupancy in the White House, but construction delays kept him off-premises until ; he was in office only five more months after moving in. That also means Juno and Satan were the first dogs to live in the White House. Adams's lost bid for reelection may have had something to do with his somewhat pompous view of the office.
He often lobbied for the president to be referred to as "his highness. Adams couldn't have been too much of a miser, though. In , he formed the United States Marine Band, the oldest active professional music group in the country. It was also the 50th anniversary of American independence. While all of the Founding Fathers are renowned for pushing the idea of liberty and independent choice, Benjamin Franklin apparently came to the idea a little late.
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