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Right-Handed

Thomas Jefferson was right-handed. However, in the fall of 1786, after breaking his right wrist in Paris, Jefferson temporarily used his left hand for writing letters. One of his most famous letters — sometimes referred to as the "Head and Heart" letter — was written entirely with his left hand.1

Although Jefferson's "left-handed letters" are surprisingly legible, they are clearly different from his normal handwriting, as shown by these examples:

July 1786 letter from Jefferson to Edouard Boyetet, written as normal with his right handOctober 1786 letter from Jefferson to Maria Cosway, written with his left hand

- Anna Berkes, 2/14/08

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