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George (1730-1799)

Great George, a larger than life figure at Monticello, worked in the orchards and vineyards while Jefferson was in Paris as Minister of France and was among the handful of Monticello slaves not leased to neighboring farmers. George, a skilled blacksmith, also helped Martha Jefferson in the kitchen garden during the 1790s, and while she complained that "Old George is so slow," he soon rose to the role of overseer, the most responsible position on the farm. In 1796 Great George was charged with the oversight of fifty men and responsibility for the cash crop of tobacco.