The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third
President and primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Overlooking the Tidal
Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is a ten-minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial.
The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, called
the 1-2-3 President because he was the first Secretary of State, the second-vice President
and the third President. Besides these accomplishments, he was the main author of the
Declaration of Independence and an accomplished architect. He designed the rotundas of the
Univ. of Virginia and his mansion Monticello after the Pantheon in Rome, so it is only
befitting that his own memorial is built in the same style.
John Russell Pope designed a monument with colonnade and dome around a 19-foot statue
of Jefferson. Excerpts from Jeffersons writings are inscribed on the walls.
In clement weather, a good way to see the monument is by renting a paddle-boat from the
Tidal Basins Boat House.