Jefferson’s Godfather: The Man Behind the Man is a groundbreaking biography of Thomas Jefferson’s mentor, George Wythe. As much as any Founding Father, he helped get the young nation off to the right start; in his case, by inspiring America’s first generation of dedicated leaders. Wythe ranks as the most influential teacher in the nation’s history, judged by student achievement in high public office. At his death in 1806, his former pupils were virtually running the country.
Among the most revered of the country’s Founding Fathers, he was a renaissance man: self-taught scholar, abolitionist, signer of the Declaration of Independence, champion of the Constitution, groundbreaking judge, high-ranking legislator, advocate of religious freedom, and prophet of the American Revolution. An ethical role model for the future leaders in his law school classroom, he was the “only honest lawyer I ever knew,” quipped one clergyman.
Wythe furthered the ideal of the principled Servant Leader for a young country seeking its identity. For the first time in any biographic endeavor, Jefferson’s Godfather traces his mind behind the three lifetime achievements that his pupil Thomas Jefferson asked to be engraved on his own tombstone: author of the Declaration of Independence, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia.
In Praise of Jefferson’s Godfather
“This is an extraordinary work—a remarkable amount of research and writing. Ms. Munson is literally on a mission taking very important news about a neglected Founding Father to our body politic.”
--Taylor Reveley, President Emeritus, College of William & Mary
Former Dean of the William & Mary Law School, founded by George Wythe
“The author is spot on about Wythe and religious freedom in Colonial Virginia. Others have garnered the majority of attention on this subject, but Munson has good reason to argue on behalf of Wythe.”
--Charles Bryan, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Virginia Historical Society
“Behind every great man is usually a great mentor. This important book explores Wythe’s role as a master teacher of leaders and his profound influence on the thinking of his star pupil, Thomas Jefferson. I marvel knowing that young Jefferson would never have been expected to grasp the significance of crucial concepts such as the separation of church and state, until his association with a gifted mentor like George Wythe.”
--Benjamin Howerton, Ed. D., Former Virginia Superintendent of Education
Professor Emeritus, George Washington University
“A very intriguing book and many congratulations on it.”
--Sir David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Parliament, Emeritus
“Very rarely have I read a book so well-written and so incredibly interesting! I loved it from the first page to the last.”
--Elena G., online reviewer—5 stars
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The Metaphysical Thomas Jefferson, an intriguing new book based on this premise: "If you could talk with Thomas Jefferson, what questions would you ask?"
Eight Jefferson authorities devised questions, thinking that they were participating in a history class project. Instead, they became part of an amazing adventure: a journey to the immortal mind of Mr. Jefferson himself, facilitated by an experienced medium.
Prepare for a fascinating visit with a wise entity presenting as Thomas Jefferson. You will find his views spot-on regarding government, higher education, religion, foreign policy, and race. Yes, he is also interrogated about slavery and Sally Hemings. Read his candid views about other Founding Fathers, including "song and dance man" Alexander Hamilton.
In praise of The Metaphysical Thomas Jefferson:
"Future leaders of America need to read this book. The wisdom it contains could help steer this country in the right direction for generations. This is a remarkable, exceptionally well-written work, with the ring of reality."
--Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of the New York Times best seller, Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
"I happen to believe the premise of this fine book. But if others cannot, I still strongly encourage them to read it. America has strayed from its founding principles, and 'Mr. Jefferson' urges us to return to them. The only path forward is for the future leaders to form 'Circles of Integrity,' in his words."
--Stephen Hawley Martin, publisher, bestselling author, and advertising executive
Suzanne Munson describes herself as the scribe of the book, not the author. In eight hours of recorded sessions, she carefully transcribed answers to dozens of questions posed to an entity presenting as Thomas Jefferson, related through a respected medium, Jana Anna. Previously, Anna facilitated a book of seven compelling readings with those who have crossed over, Conversations with Jerry, winner of four national awards and one international award, compiled by Irene Kendig.
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"Wythe taught abolition in colonial times," Charlotesville Daily Progress, August 20, 2022
"Expanding Education Choices in Virginia," Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 26, 2022
"Jefferson, Madison Deserve Library Name," Charlottesville Daily Progress, June 24, 2022
"Honoring Richmond's Best History," Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 8, 2022.
"Constitutional Day - Remembering Virginia's Crucial Voice," Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 17, 2021.
"Remembering Wythe, Jefferson's Mentor," Charlottesville Daily Progress, Sunday Commentary Section, April 11, 2021.
"Archive Dive: George Wythe Marker," Discover Richmond, Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 7, 2021
"Religious Freedom Day: Celebrating Virginia's Role" Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 6, 2021
“George Wythe played crucial role in Virginia Ratifying the US Constitution“
Virginia Gazette (America's oldest non-weekly newspaper),
September 12, 2020
"'Father and Son' Gardeners: Wythe and Jefferson"
The Garden Club of Virginia Journal, March 2020
“The Amazing Legacy of Speaker of the House George Wythe”
Virginia Capital Connections, Summer 2019
“Keep Wythe’s Name on Public Schools”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 21, 2019
“’The Virginia Way’: Revisiting a Political Ideal in a Time of Disillusionment”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 10, 2019
“Partners in Reform: Wythe Helped Jefferson Lead the Fight for Religious Liberty”
Richmond Magazine, January 2019
“Founding Father George Wythe: Age 50 and Just Getting Started”
Boomer Magazine, October 2018
" Jefferson's Views on Ethics in Government", an interview on The Backstory Podcast with Obombola Stephen and guest: Suzanne Munson, November 30, 2022. https://youtu.be/VxP_B26BZmE
"Thought Leaders Commentary," article and interview, the Price of Business Show, November 20, 2022. https://usdailyreview.com/author-munson-focuses-on-ethics-in-government/
"Strategies for Living" Radio Interview with David McMillan. https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/ptdURRlj0k/fi-ef6ac10a-7b60-4ec7-9655-7d76811709b8/fv-bb5dfa47-5bee-47fe-a893-9759e4239fb4/SuzanneMunsonCompleteShowEdit.mp3