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Adams returned to Quincy, Massachusetts as a defeated man. At the age of sixty-six, the former president decided to trade politics for farming, hoping to quiet his inner turmoil. By July of 1801, Adams was working the fields alongside his hired hands, “swinging his sickle and murmuring obscenities at his political opponents”
Jefferson retired at Monticello, where he studied science and natural history, all while conducting experiments and designing inventions. None of these things, however, gave Jefferson as much joy as planning and constructing the University of Virginia. He did it all...... the University was his baby.