Jefferson’s White House: Monticello on the Potomac
As the first president to occupy the White House for an entire term, Thomas Jefferson shaped the president’s residence, literally and figuratively, more than any of its other occupants. Remarkably enough, however, though many books have immortalized Jefferson’s Monticello, none has been devoted to the vibrant look, feel, and energy of his still more famous and consequential home from 1801 to 1809. In Monticello on the Potomac, James B. Conroy, author of the award-winning Lincoln’s White House offers a vivid, highly readable account of how life was lived in Jefferson’s White House and the young nation’s rustic capital.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Georgetown University Law Center, James B. Conroy has been a trial lawyer in Boston for 32 years. He first pursued a career in public affairs in Washington, DC, as a House and Senate press secretary, speechwriter, and chief of staff. He served for six years in the United States Navy Reserve in antisubmarine aviation units. Active in town affairs in Hingham, Massachusetts, he has chaired the town's advisory committee, its government study committee, and its task force on affordability; and has coached youth sports teams. Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 is his first book, born of a love of history and a lifelong ambition to contribute to it. Conroy received the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award for his book Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime.