Thomas Jefferson's Book Collection
In July of 2017 we traveled to Washington, DC and stopped at the Library of Congress - Jefferson Building. Within the library, on display is the collection of books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. By 1814 when the British burned the nation's Capitol and the Library of Congress, Jefferson had acquired the largest personal collection of books in the United States. Jefferson offered to sell his library to Congress as a replacement for the collection destroyed by the British during the War of 1812. Congress purchased Jefferson's library for $23,950 in 1815. In serious debt, Jefferson needed this money to keep his home, but he continued to amass more books after the sale of his collection. A second fire on Christmas Eve of 1851, destroyed nearly two thirds of the 6,487 volumes Congress had purchased from Jefferson.
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