President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Board of Governors, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Excerpted from President Roosevelt's 1936 Independence Day Address:
"More than any historic home in America, Monticello appeals to me as an expression of the personality of its builder. In the design, not of the whole alone, but of every room, of every part of every room, in the very furnishings which Jefferson devised on his own drawing board and made in his own workshop, there speaks ready capacity for detail and, above all, creative genius. He was a great gentleman. He was a great commoner. The two are not incompatible."