Punica granatum and two friends






In 1771 a young man got a new plant for his plantation. This  was a pomegranate, a new species shipped to America only four years ago, and now sent to him as a gift from his precious mentor. Slaves planted the new plant in the fruit garden, where many fruit trees grew. Can you imagine an old plantation, with a main building and many pavilions, with extensive vegetable gardens and  orchard , young man admiring this new plant for his collection and writing back to his professor to say thank you? And can you imagine these two, a professor and his student, admiring a simple pomegranate plant , were the first law professor of the United States, George Wythe, and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson?


George Wythe (1726 – June 8, 1806) was the first American law professor, a noted classics scholar and Virginia judge, as well as a prominent opponent of slavery.

Fauquier, Wythe and college professor William Small often socialized together, conversing about philosophy, natural history, languages, history and other matters. In 1762, Small suggested Wythe supervise the legal training of a star student, Thomas Jefferson, which had profound impact that went beyond their lives. [17] from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wythe

File:Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800.jpg

Thomas Jefferson planted pomegranates at Monticello in 1771: he had them from George Wythe of Williamsburg.

[27] from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate

Monticello is the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monticello


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