Answer: What President saved the Library of Congress with his personal collection?

The Question: What President saved the Library of Congress with his personal collection?

Thomas Jefferson
Ulysses S. Grant
John Adams
James Monroe

During the War of 1812, the British burned the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress, destroying the library’s 3,000-volume collection. Thomas Jefferson — who, by that time, had acquired the largest personal book collection in the United States — offered to sell his library to the government as a replacement, and his 6,487 volumes became the new Library of Congress for $23,950.

The correct answer is Thomas Jefferson.

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