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Sheep for the President by Lucia Stanton, (November 2000), E332.2 .A5 2000N

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Identifier: id4035

Scope and Contents

Jefferson sought to raise sheep at Monticello and in Washington, D.C. because of his ardent interest in agriculture and animal husbandry. The desire for fine wool in America precipitated an agricultural craze for the importation of Merino sheep from Spain during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Jefferson hoped to profit from the sale of wool, while simultaneously demonstrating his patriotic spirit (by wearing American-made cloth) and scientific interest in adding new stock to existing breeds.

Dates

  • E332.2 .A5 2000N

Extent

From the Collection: 74 Items