Rhode Island

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island; 1727 - 1820.
Continental Army general; key to winning the war in the South; 1742—86.
American painter of quintessential portraits, including George Washington; 1755—1828.

Property in land and property in slaves were the engines that drove Virginia society from its earliest days, giving Jefferson and those in his class wealth, independence, and liberty — their sense of identity. It was the dividing line between those who could participate in republican society by voting and those who could not, between those who were respectable and those who were not.

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" (2016)