It is impossible to list all of the achievements of Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) in a short form. To list only a few, he was the 3rd President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, the founder of the University of Virginia, and, just to mention a few other accomplishments, a horticulturist, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, inventor, diplomat, and statesman who held a number of major positions in government. This portrait by Eliphalet Andrews emphasizes his role as the chief author of the Declaration. From Ohio, but trained in Dusseldorf and Paris, Andrews specialized in portraits of the founding fathers and other political figures, several of which were exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and later were displayed in the White House. Andrews was also instrumental in the founding of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and served as its director from 1887 until 1902.