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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 41 by Mark Frauenfelder

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Thomas Jefferson:Maker-in-Chief

A peek in the president’s home reveals his penchant for making.

Written and photographed by Forrest M. Mims III image Illustrated by Nate Van Dyke

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THERE IS NO “MAKER IN CHIEF” IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, BUT AT LEAST ONE PRESIDENT, THOMAS JEFFERSON, CERTAINLY DESERVES THAT TITLE.

Jefferson is most famous for drafting the Declaration of Independence and serving as the third president of the United States. It’s less well known that he was also an experienced architect, surveyor, locksmith, and amateur scientist. And he was ...

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