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May 01, 1815

APA 633, Auditor of Public Accounts (1776—1928), Administration of State Government: Revenue Assessment and Collection—Personal Property Taxes, Personal Property Tax Books, Albemarle 1815—1818, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson's Personal Property Tax Was Recorded

This entry from a property tax book from Albemarle County for 1815 shows the opulence of the lifestyle of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). By far the most affluent person on this page of the list, Jefferson paid taxes on 102 slaves, and his house Monticello was valued at $7,500. Jefferson became the third president of the United States in 1801. He retired to Monticello in 1809 at the end of his second term in office. The tax lists for 1815 contain more-detailed information about household and agricultural items than most lists because during the War of 1812 the General Assembly taxed more items than was customary to raise revenue.