TJF Medalist Peter Peterson to Speak at April 13th Birthday Celebration

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Philanthropist and statesman, Peter G. Peterson will be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 268th birthday on April 13 at 10 a.m., on the West Lawn of Monticello.

Peter G. Peterson

Peterson is the 5th recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.  He is the founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, whose mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key long-term fiscal challenges threatening America's future and to accelerate action on them, and he supports other charitable activities.

In 1971, President Nixon named him assistant to the president for international economic affairs. One year later, he was named U.S. secretary of commerce.  Peterson was chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers and its successor company, Lehman Brothers, Kuhn and Loeb, from 1973 to 1984.  In 1985, he co-founded the private equity and investment management firm, the Blackstone Group, and was for many years its chairman. From 2000 to 2004, he chaired the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

He is the author of five books, including "Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It" (2004) and his recently published memoir, "The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street and Beyond."

Monticello’s commemoration of Jefferson’s birth is free and open to the public. Visitors coming to Monticello expressly for the ceremony should identify themselves at the ticket counter in the Dominion Welcome Pavilion at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, where they will be given directions to the event. Paid admission tickets will be required for the guided tours of the Monticello house and grounds.

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