New Biography of Martha Jefferson

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Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest love and true kindred spirit, who died an untimely death at the young age of 33 in 1782. Drawing on a wealth of newly probed sources, including family letters, documents, and the handwritten notes left by Jefferson’s famed biographer, Dumas Malone, William Hyland captures the charm, sophistication, grace and a profound sense of history of this little known and elusive figure who, until now, has been a mere footnote to the story of America’s founding.

Martha Jefferson was the most important person in Thomas Jefferson's life. Bill Hyland's insightful portrait tells us how this little understood fact acquired a tragic dimension.— Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest love and true kindred spirit, who died an untimely death at the young age of 33 in 1782. Drawing on a wealth of newly probed sources, including family letters, documents, and the handwritten notes left by Jefferson’s famed biographer, Dumas Malone, William Hyland captures the charm, sophistication, grace and a profound sense of history of this little known and elusive figure who, until now, has been a mere footnote to the story of America’s founding.

Hyland brings us a conflicted and honest Martha Jefferson, who endured the Revolution as valiantly as some men, defending her very doorstep from raiding British troops, and presided over the domestic life of their “little mountain,” Monticello, during Thomas Jefferson’s long absences and historic rise to power. A revealing and insightful look at an oft-overlooked American woman, this book provides a unique and previously unexplored understanding of America’s Revolutionary Era, and the men (and women) upon whose bravery, talent, and resolve our nation was founded.

William G. Hyland Jr., a professor of law at Stetson University and practicing attorney, is the author of In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal, and Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone.
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Martha Jefferson was the most important person in Thomas Jefferson's life. Bill Hyland's insightful portrait tells us how this little understood fact acquired a tragic dimension.
— Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

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