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Diplomat politician writer gardener president philosopher jurist and architect are just a few of the honorable titles achieved by Thomas Jefferson during his lifetime However one title that many people forget when thinking of the third President of the United States is inventor Jefferson had a passion for creating things that could be used by the average person in order to make life just a little bit easier Jefferson was very interested in agriculture in fact he hoped to create a society based around agriculture during his presidency As a planter he knew first hand what it was like to plow with a standard wooden plow The difficulty of this task caused him with the help of his son-in-law to create iron and mould board plows that would help prevent soil erosion and make hillside plowing easier and more efficient Among the many genius inventions created by Thomas Jefferson is the cipher wheel This wheel consisted of twenty-six cylindrical wooden pieces with the letters of the alphabet inscribed on each wheel in random order As the wheel turned the letters would scramble and unscramble but the only way to decode the message was to have the matching wheel This invention was widely used in World War I by the US Army in order to send and receive messages without interpretation by the enemy Some of his inventions had no meaningful purpose except for his own personal pleasure For example Jefferson invented a revolving bookstand that could hold five books all capable of being reached at any time In 1804 Jefferson created automatic double-doors The doors were controlled by an operating mechanism that allowed both doors to move when one was opened or closed Of all of Jeffersons inventions the most visible was the Great Clock Although it had no minute hand the hour hand was capable of providing the needed accuracy for time as well as the date Jefferson also built the first dumbwaiter in
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