Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
Were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate would be, Does he use ardent spirits?
Attributed to THOMAS JEFFERSON in both Samuel Austin Worcester, Cherokee Almanac, p. 36 (1850), and Charles Noel Douglas, Forty Thousand Quotations, p. 544 (1925). Unverified in Jeffersons writings. Possibly spurious.