He died July 4, 1829, exactly fiftieth years after he wrote the Declaration of independence. While the assertion has frequently been made that Jefferson was a Freemason there is no evidence to show he was a member of The Craft.
“… There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his, and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill. The result is an octavo of forty-six pages, of pure and unsophisticated doctrines….” – Thomas Jefferson a letter to John Adams dated October 13, 1813
Flat Hat Club
“… the F. H. C. society, confined to the number of six students only, of which I was a member, but it had no useful object…”- Thomas Jefferson Letter to ThomasMcAuley, 14 June 1819
Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptists – January 1, 1802 to reply to their concerns of a state religion. This letter has been often taken out of context to mean no praying on school and things of a similar nature when read in full (click here to see) it easy to see it was about not have a state religion. It was never meant to remove religion from the state.
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State.”