Thomas Jefferson’s salary was $25,000 per year($462,000 in today’s dollars) – a huge sum at the time, but his expenses were also great. In 1801 Jefferson spent $6,500 for provisions and groceries, $2,700 for servants, $500 for his assistant’s salary, and $3,000 for wine.
It sounds a lot like the politicians of today doesn’t it? I’m not judging or trying to paint a negative picture of our former President. After all, he did great things for the country and I’m sure he was a stand-up guy and please don’t forget that he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase from France for 3 cents an acre that led to the formation of our great state!
All I’m saying is that some things haven’t changed over the years as much as we thought.
Mr. Jefferson, we have a Louisiana snoball for you and maybe a couple t-shirts that you might like.