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West Point's Lost Founder: Thomas Jefferson Remembered, Forgotten, & Reconsidered by Robert McDonald, (November 2002), E332.2 .A5 2002N

Identifier: id4039

Scope and Contents

The plan to establish a national institution for military education began at the time of the Revolutionary War. Not until 1802, however, did Jefferson manage to convince Congress to authorize the funding and creation of West Point, a military academy to educate cadets to defend the new nation. Despite his efforts, Jefferson fell out of favor with the leaders at West Point, and his contribution was willfully ignored or suppressed by various superintendents (of more republican leanings) throughout the 19th century. Not until the mid-20th century was his reputation and stature rehabilitated at the military academy, and full recognition of his role as the founder of West Point reestablished.


  • E332.2 .A5 2002N


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From the Collection: English

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Jefferson Library, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
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Charlottesville VA 22902