American statesman Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) did not consider being president as one of his great achievements. How do we know this?

Answer: He left clear instructions for how he should be described on his tombstone:

“Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and father of the University of Virginia.”

Conspicuous by its absence is “Third President of the United States of America.”

Source: The American Presidents in 100 Facts by Jem Duducu

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