- Thomas Jefferson on War
- Thomas Jefferson on Politics, Elections and the Presidency
- On Presidents Jeffersons home, Monticello
- Public Ceremonial Speeches
- President Jefferson Speaks and YOU Answer.
- Mr. Jefferson’s retreat at Poplar Forest
- Freedom For Religion, A Conversation With Jefferson
- The Prophets of the Future are in the Wisdom of the Past
- That the Future May Learn from the Past
William David Barker: “We continue to argue and debate, Freedom For Religion; State’s Rights; International Intrique; Education; National Defense; Minority Rights; Wine, as a necessity of Life; … and the list goes on”. Welcome President Jefferson and engage him in conversation to help your organization realize that the individual can still make a difference! Barker has enjoyed portraying Thomas Jefferson in a variety of settings which includes the privilege of portraying Thomas Jefferson in Colonial Williamsburg. Barker was cast as Jefferson in many different venues including the musical, 1776. Bill is the same height, weight and general appearance as President Jefferson.
Over the years he has evolved a repertoire of Jefferson presentations tailored to corporate and government audiences, as well as schools, societies and festivals. William has performed as Jefferson at the White House, the Palace of Versailles, and in Great Britain. He presented for Chautauqua and has been featured as Jefferson in several magazines including Time, People, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Southern Living, Reader’s Digest, and the Colonial Williamsburg Journal.
Bill’s work is praised, among them those of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, The Remnant Trust, The Jefferson Legacy Foundation and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He appeared as Jefferson in programs aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, The History Channel, and C-SPANN. He has received commendations from The City of Philadelphia, The City of St. Louis, The City of New Orleans and The Hellenic Ideals Foundation.
William Barker is a student of history and an actor. He is passionate about both and brings them together in a way that allows people to be transported back in time to feel, hear and taste what it would be like to mingle with President Jefferson.
While most people are familiar with the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson’s Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom may well be his most forward thinking piece of work. Here is a great example from that work: “. . . that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”