abraham lincoln american president born 1809, charles darwin father of evolution theory scientist born 1809, joe garagiola born 1926 baseball player and commentator, bill russell born 1934 basketball legend, grant wood died 1942 artist, charles schulz peanuts artist comics died 2000, 1912 last chinese emperor the last emperor left power, on this date in history february 12, -
Jefferson was succeeded as president in 1809 by his friend , and during the last seventeen years of his life, he remained at Monticello. During this period, he sold his collection of books to the government to form the nucleus of the Library of Congress. Jefferson embarked on his last great public service at the age of seventy-six, with the founding of the . He spearheaded the legislative campaign for its charter, secured its location, designed its buildings, planned its curriculum, and served as the first rector.