Quotation: "One man with courage is a majority."

Variations: "One man with courage makes a majority."

Sources consulted:

  1. Founders Online
  2. Retirement papers

Other attributions: Andrew Jackson

Earliest known attribution to Thomas Jefferson: 1966[1]

Comments: This quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.  The headline quotation, "one man with courage is a majority," is most often attributed to Jefferson, but its listed variation, "one with courage makes a majority," is more often attributed to Andrew Jackson.  That attribution is likely also spurious.  Other similar variations have been positively traced to other sources.[2]

- Anna Berkes, 1/27/20; updated 8/12/21