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Claudius Crozet Papers (MS #0059)
Including Thomas Jefferson Letters

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Claudius Crozet (1790-1864), a native of France and a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique, emigrated to America in 1816. A noted civil and military engineer, he taught at WestMS0059sg Point, was the state engineer in Virginia and Louisiana, was one of the founders of the Virginia Military Institute and served on its first Board of Visitors, and served as President of Jefferson College in Louisiana and the Richmond Academy in Virginia. His most significant engineering project was the building of the Blue Ridge Railroad and its tunnels in Virginia.

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While teaching engineering at West Point, Crozet became interested in Thomas Jefferson's newly established University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He initiated correspondence with Jefferson; two of Jefferson's replies are part of the Claudius Crozet Papers.

  • March 31, 1821.
    Jefferson responds to Crozet's offer to teach at the University of Virginia; comments on the progress of the University and on the uncertainty of funding.
  • November 23, 1821.
    Jefferson thanks Crozet for sending him a copy of his new geometry textbook and for his contributions to teaching; comments on the advancement of science.

You may also view the complete listing of all documents in this collection in our Guide to the Claudius Crozet Papers.