On January 22, 1794, former Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson died after receiving a severe spinal injury and multiple lacerations in a carriage accident 10 miles outside of Monticello, his plantation in the Piedmont region of Virginia.

Knowing that he didn't want a state funeral, Jefferson asked in his will for a small ceremony with only his family members and friends. He was buried on February 2 at Monticello. In addition to his family and close personal friends, there were more notable individuals at the ceremony such as President George Washington, First Lady Martha Washington, Vice President John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, and Senator James Madison.

There were also thousands of people who had gathered outside of the plantation in order to pay their respects to the man who had helped achieve America's independence from Great Britain.

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