Jeffersonian Pugh

Shortly after becoming the youngest person to ever win election to the Moorestown, NJ School District, Brandon Pugh accepted my invitation to discuss his feat on Cucina Chatter. I am equally impressed by and hopeful about the emergence of this young leader. Take a look at what he has accomplished so far:

  • At age 13, made a solo trip to Buenos Aries, Argentina so that he could teach English as a volunteer, and was the Director of Curriculum Development
  • At age 16, earned his pilot’s license
  • During his high school career, worked as the lead liaison and coordinator for the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism
  • Instructor for NJ Division of Fire Safety and NJ Office of Emergency Medical Services
  • Has been educated and trained at The College of New Jersey, Rutgers School of Social Work, United Nations, and Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Has been recognized by NJ Governor Christie, President Bush, and President Obama
  • Received Moorestown Township Outstanding Citizenship Award
  • Is an EMT
  • At 19, became the youngest person ever elected to the Moorestown, NJ School Board in a hard-fought victory

Brandon was sworn to his position on the school board earlier this month. He expects to earn his Bachelor’s degree in 2014. To say that Brandon is gifted is an understatement. Click here to read more about Brandon.

We can only hope he will continue on the path of another great statesman…

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped!

  • At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
  • At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
  • At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
  • At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
  • At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
  • At 23, started his own law practice.
  • At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British Americaâ and retired from his law practice.
  • At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
  • At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
  • At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
  • At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
  • At 40, served in Congress for two years.
  • At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
  • At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
  • At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
  • At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active
  • head of Republican Party.
  • At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
  • At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
  • At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
  • At 65, retired to Monticello.
  • At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
  • At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
  • At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.


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