Upon his election as Vice President of the United States in 1797, Thomas Jefferson wrote "The second office of this government is honorable & easy, the first is but a splendid misery". This sentiment seemed to stay with Jefferson throughout the next 12 years as he served one term as Vice President and two terms as President. Particularly in his second term, which lasted from 1805-1809, Jefferson was actively looking toward his retirement. With life outside the Federal Government high on his priority list, he began looking toward a project that was particularly dear to him: the building of his retreat home at Poplar Forest.
Jefferson's Design for the White House, courtesy of the Library of Congress