Thomas Mann Randolph

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-'''Thomas Mann Randolph''' (1768–1828) shared close ties with the Jefferson family. Thomas Jefferson’s mother was Randolph’s second cousin and Jefferson’s father Peter had served as guardian of Randolph’s father. These ties were strengthened when Randolph married Jefferson’s eldest daughter [[Martha Jefferson Randolph | Martha]] in 1790 and built a home at Edgehill near Monticello. Randolph often looked after Jefferson’s concerns when Jefferson was absent and shared many interests with his father-in-law, including classics and science, which he had pursued while educated at home, at the College of William and Mary, and at Edinburgh University. Though he did not graduate, Randolph applied his studies to experiment with scientific agriculture and become a respected botanist. He also pursued a political career that included terms as a Virginia delegate, senator, governor, and congressman. While in office, Randolph supported Jefferson’s policies, but he became estranged from his father-in-law and his own family after returning from service as a colonel in the War of 1812. His financial and personal affairs continued to deteriorate but he eventually reconciled with his wife and children, all of whom had moved permanently to Monticello upon Jefferson’s retirement in 1809. Randolph died at Monticello and was buried in the family cemetery. +'''Thomas Mann Randolph''' (1768–1828) shared close ties with the Jefferson family. Randolph's father, also named Thomas Mann Randolph (1741-1793), was [[Thomas Jefferson]]'s second cousin, and Jefferson and Thomas Mann Randolph the elder spent a significant part of their childhoods together at Tuckahoe after the latter's father died in 1745. These ties were strengthened when Thomas Mann Randolph the younger married Jefferson’s eldest daughter [[Martha Jefferson Randolph | Martha]] in 1790 and built a home at [[Edgehill]] near [[:Category:Monticello (House)|Monticello]]. Randolph often looked after Jefferson’s concerns when Jefferson was absent.
 +Randolph shared many interests with his father-in-law, including the classics and science. He was educated at home as boy and attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Edinburgh. Though he did not graduate, Randolph applied his studies to experiment with scientific agriculture and become a respected botanist. He also pursued a political career that included terms as a Virginia delegate, senator, governor, and congressman.
-== Further Sources ==+While in office, Randolph supported Jefferson’s policies, but he became estranged from his father-in-law and his own family after returning from service as a colonel in the War of 1812. His financial and personal affairs continued to deteriorate but he eventually reconciled with his wife and children, all of whom had moved permanently to [[:Category:Monticello (House)|Monticello]] upon Jefferson’s retirement in 1809. Randolph died at [[:Category:Monticello (House)|Monticello]] and was buried in the [[Monticello Graveyard|family cemetery]].
-*[[Short Title List | ANB]]+== Further Sources ==
-*[[Short Title List | DAB]]+*[[Short Title List | ''ANB'']]
-*Gaines Jr. William H. ''Thomas Mann Randolph: Jefferson’s Son-in-Law'' (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1966)+*[[Short Title List | ''DAB'']]
-*Shackelford, George Green ed., ''Collected Papers to Commemorate Fifty Years of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson'' (Charlottesville: Monticello Association, 1965), 45, 252 +*Gaines Jr. William H. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=358''Thomas Mann Randolph: Jefferson’s Son-in-Law''] Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1966
 +*[[Short Title List|Shackelford, ''Descendants'']] 45, 252
-[[Category:People]]+[[Category:People|Randolph, Thomas Mann]]

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Thomas Mann Randolph (1768–1828) shared close ties with the Jefferson family. Randolph's father, also named Thomas Mann Randolph (1741-1793), was Thomas Jefferson's second cousin, and Jefferson and Thomas Mann Randolph the elder spent a significant part of their childhoods together at Tuckahoe after the latter's father died in 1745. These ties were strengthened when Thomas Mann Randolph the younger married Jefferson’s eldest daughter Martha in 1790 and built a home at Edgehill near Monticello. Randolph often looked after Jefferson’s concerns when Jefferson was absent.

Randolph shared many interests with his father-in-law, including the classics and science. He was educated at home as boy and attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Edinburgh. Though he did not graduate, Randolph applied his studies to experiment with scientific agriculture and become a respected botanist. He also pursued a political career that included terms as a Virginia delegate, senator, governor, and congressman.

While in office, Randolph supported Jefferson’s policies, but he became estranged from his father-in-law and his own family after returning from service as a colonel in the War of 1812. His financial and personal affairs continued to deteriorate but he eventually reconciled with his wife and children, all of whom had moved permanently to Monticello upon Jefferson’s retirement in 1809. Randolph died at Monticello and was buried in the family cemetery.

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