Thomas Jefferson Statue, Dedicated 1992

The statue of William & Mary alumnus Thomas Jefferson was given to the university by the University of Virginia to celebrate the connection between the two institutions and to settle an old debt. Jefferson attended William & Mary from 1760 to 1762 and was a member of the board of visitors. In 1819, he helped to establish the University of Virginia. Before he died, Jefferson took out a $17,000 loan from William & Mary to settle his debts but was unable to pay it back before he died, a factor in the university going bankrupt in 1880 and forced to shut its doors. University of Virginia President John T. Casteen, III hoped the debt would be forgiven with the donation of the statue.

The statue was dedicated in 1992 as part of William and Mary's Tercentenary celebration and was placed between Washington and Tercentenary Hall (later renamed McGlothlin-Street Hall). The statue was created by Lloyd Lillie, a professor at Boston University.

William & Mary’s Jefferson statue is frequently dressed up for holidays and special events as is the statue of Lord Botetourt.

Images

Jefferson statue, undated

Jefferson statue, undated

Photograph of the front of the Jefferson statue located in-between Washington Hall and McGlothlin-Street Hall, undated. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Jefferson statue, 1999

Jefferson statue, 1999

A 1999 shot of the Thomas Jefferson Statue as it sits between Washington and McGlothlin-Street Halls. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Jefferson statue in snow, undated

Jefferson statue in snow, undated

An undated close-up of the Thomas Jefferson statue in snow. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Jefferson statue plaque, undated

Jefferson statue plaque, undated

A photograph of the plaque accompanying the Jefferson statue, identifying it as a gift from the University of Virginia. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Thomas Jefferson statue decorated for Halloween, 2009

Thomas Jefferson statue decorated for Halloween, 2009

The Thomas Jefferson statue dressed up as an astronaut for Halloween 2009. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Thomas Jefferson statue on the Last Day of Classes, 2012

Thomas Jefferson statue on the Last Day of Classes, 2012

The Thomas Jefferson statue decorated in celebration of the Last Day of Classes in Spring 2012. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Photograph of a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, undated

Photograph of a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, undated

Photograph of a portrait of alumnus Thomas Jefferson by Charles Willson Peale in 1791. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

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Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary., “Thomas Jefferson Statue, Dedicated 1992,” TribeTrek, accessed July 24, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/14.
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