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6 eco-friendly presidents

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 21, 2011, 10:58 a.m.
Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was president long before there was much thought given to the environment, yet he was a man deeply aware of the importance of nature. In 1806, he wrote to Edmund Bacon, "We must use a good deal of economy in our wood, never cutting down new, where we can make the old do." Besides being one of our most important political minds, he was also a brilliant writer, architect, philosopher, horticulturist, inventor and archaeologist who could think big picture over the long term. The expedition undertaken, at his behest, by Clark and Lewis was responsible for greatly increasing what we knew about American native wildlife and people.