Originally Posted by falc39
For me it's easily Thomas Jefferson...
-Fricken author of the Constitution (most major contributor)
-Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon
-Killed the national bank
-Spearheaded the philosophy of freedom and many other libertarian-type ideals, many that are looked up to and sought today.
-Built and designed the University of Virginia.
Not many people know this, but Jefferson was the first American anthropologist. In addition, he was a farmer, architect, lawyer, among other things. He wasn't just practicing these fields, he contributed to innovating them too. For farming, he designed the moldboard plow. He was fluent in five different languages. Incredibly learned man. Knew his history, literature, and economics. His library was considered legendary at the time for a single person. I haven't even touched on his contributions to religious freedom. In terms of American enlightenment, only Benjamin Franklin can hold a candle against him, but he was never a president... The standard this guy sets when it comes to intellectualism is unreal and I don't think we will ever see a president like him (at least in my lifetime).
f*cking brilliant was what he was. his re-written bible remains among the most courageous writings i've ever heard come from any political leader. fearless.
he was also very balanced and as far from an ideologue as you could get, understood compromise very well, would always bend his most fervent beliefs for the sake of the union... as long as the bending wasn't coming at the motherland's expense.
love the stuff about his manual labour/farming ingenuity btw, i didn't know he delved into that side of the world so extensively