posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 06:41 PM
"Reportedly believing his gubernatorial term had expired in June, Jefferson spent much of the summer with his family at Poplar Forest. The
members of the General Assembly had quickly reconvened in June 1781 in Staunton, Virginia across the Blue Ridge Mountains. They voted to reward Jouett
with a pair of pistols and a sword, but considered an official inquiry into Jefferson's actions, as they believed he had failed his responsibilities
"The inquiry ultimately was dropped, yet Jefferson insisted on appearing before the lawmakers in December to respond to charges of mishandling his
duties and abandoning leadership at a critical moment. He reported that he had believed it understood that he was leaving office and that he had
discussed with other legislators the advantages of Gen. Thomas Nelson, a commander of the state militia, being appointed governor."
(The legislature did appoint Nelson as governor in late June 1781.)
"Jefferson was a controversial figure at this time, heavily criticized for inaction and failure to adequately protect the state in the face of a
British invasion. Even on balance, Jefferson had been a very poor state executive, and left his successor, Thomas Nelson, Jr., to pick up the
He was not re-elected again to office in Virginia."
Note - he was never re-elected to office again in Virginia.