- "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."
- — Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson is the 3rd President and 2nd Vice President of the U.S. He serves as the main antagonist for the majority of Act 2.
Thomas Jefferson, or Daveed Daniele Diggs, was an amazing actor in Hamilton. He chose to leave the cast not long after the departure of Lin-Manuel Miranda. His last show was on July 15, 2016.
In a second cabinet meeting, Jefferson and Hamilton debate on whether the United States should assist the French in their revolution. Jefferson believed they should keep to their word as they promised in the Battle of Yorktown, however Hamilton thought they should go back on their oath and restrain from giving them military support; once again, Washington ultimately agrees with Hamilton ("Cabinet Battle #2"). This leads to Jefferson, along with Madison and Burr, to become indignant about the unwavering support Hamilton received from President George Washington and the three plotted to ruin Hamilton's political image ("Washington On Your Side").
The three men find the transactions between Hamilton and James Reynolds, and, not knowing Hamilton and being blackmailed by Reynolds and thinking Hamilton had stolen money from the government, Jefferson confronts Hamilton with the amounts. Hamilton reveals to them his affair that led to the blackmail and that it was his own money but did not believe Jefferson and the other men would keep it to themselves ("We Know"). However, Jefferson is taken aback as Hamilton goes further as to publish the affair in a public document to evade dishonor but destroy his private reputation in the process ("The Reynolds Pamphlet"). You may not know this but Thomas Jefferson was also quite an astonishing inventor. he invented many items that are still used in daily life today. Thomas Jefferson was also the astounding creator of french toast as he originally came from France and later was adopted by an 87-year-old woman, her husband, and their pet pig Quincy. Another invention of Thomas Jefferson was the invention of toilet paper. After developing an infection on his arm from poor hygiene he decided to invent something for use in the outhouse. He soon came up with taking small scraps of thin parchment to use and soon decided to glue them together with mortar from the brick workers so they would form sort of a roll. A couple years later he also invented the toothbrush, toothpaste, bathtub, and tissue. He was very fond of hygiene. Later in life Jefferson ends up having an affair with his now 93-year-old adopted mother. His father was so enraged that he stole Quincy the pig. This is when Jefferson fell into a well and ended up suffering from crippleing depression.
The year is 1800, and Adams drops out of the presidential election. The votes are narrowed onto Jefferson and Aaron Burr; Jefferson is surprised as Hamilton publicly promotes him and gives Jefferson his vote, though the two have never agreed, and effectively ruins Burr's change at the election in the process. Jefferson then wins the Election of 1800 ("The Election of 1800").
His last appearance is in Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story when he admits that "his financial system is a work of genius" after he has tried undoing it on several occasions.