Bear, James A., Jr., 1919-2013
Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:
The simple desk on which the Declaration of Independence was written, designed by Jefferson and made in 1776 by Benjamin Randolph, was given to Ellen Wayles Randolph and her husband Joseph Coolidge, Jr. after the writing desk John Hemings made for the couple as a wedding gift was lost at sea. The Benjamin Randolph desk is now on display at the National Museum of American History accompanied by Jefferson’s letter verifying its authenticity and presenting it to Coolidge.
"Edgehill" Portrait of Thomas Jefferson 1805-1982: Jefferson's Image in the Private Eye by Lucia Stanton Goodwin & James A. Bear, (September 1982), E332.2 .A5 1982S
At the commemoration of the acquisition of the "Edgehill" Portrait by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Goodwin and Bear briefly discussed the various likenesses done of Jefferson and the reactions they inspired in his lifetime. The "Edgehill" portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart "provided the image which became the most popular and enduring icon of Jefferson."
A brief description of Jefferson’s habit of advising the young, particularly those in his family, with small wisdoms and guidelines, as well as a list, "a dozen Canons of conduct in Life," which he sent to Cornelia Jefferson Randolph.
Several anonymous pieces were composed in honor of Jefferson to commemorate such events as his inauguration, and the song "Jefferson and Liberty" was "virtually the song of the Democratic Party" up until the Civil War.
National Portrait Gallery and Monticello Announce Joint Purchase of Historic Thomas Jefferson Portrait, 1982-09-09
Newly Published Set of Jefferson's Record Books Shed Light on Third President's Life and World, 1997-10-02
A chronological discussion, including personal and commercial correspondence, of Jefferson’s "drinking habits, his tasting vocabulary, and his efforts to convert his fellow Americans" to the less alcoholic wines primarily of France and Italy.
Some of Thomas Jefferson Randolph's Recollections of his Grandfather by James A. Bear, (April 1965), E332.2 .A5 1965A
Thomas Jefferson Randolph recalls his grandfather’s attachment to Martha Jefferson Randolph, his dining and entertaining habits and lack of etiquette, his debts, and various other small interactions between grandfather and grandson.
Uriah Levy died in 1862, at which point Monticello had fallen into disrepair and the Civil War was already underway. The house was seized by the Virginia secessionist government under the Sequestration Act, despite the efforts of George Carr to save the property. Edward C. Mead and Jefferson M. Levy left brief, unverifiable accounts of Confederate Government confiscation of and possible damage to the property.
The Jefferson Lottery was a scheme devised by Jefferson and Thomas Jefferson Randolph, who was unable to stabilize Jefferson’s finances, to alleviate the debt Jefferson had accrued (over $100,000). The lottery, obstructed by conflicts in the legislature and the delays caused by Randolph and his brokers, fell by the wayside, and although public subscription by sympathetic citizens raised some money, the Jefferson family was forced to sell his property and slaves after his death.