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Imported tobacco pipe bowl with molded decoration and stem fragment.

Imported tobacco pipe bowl with molded decoration and stem fragment.
Thomas Jefferson Foundation

In 1796 Jefferson made George Granger Sr.—Jefferson called him “Great George”—Monticello’s overseer. He was the only enslaved man to rise to that position and to receive an annual wage. Jefferson commented on Granger’s “extraordinary” crops and consulted his trusted head man often, asking his advice on his orchards and livestock, as well as his wheat and tobacco.

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