Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) was an American politician. He was the chief author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and later served as the third president of the United States (1801–1809).
Despite being white, in 30 Rock he is revealed to be an ancestor of the black actor Tracy Jordan, as Jefferson had an affair with his black slave Sally Hemings. ("Fireworks") Tracy is confused and angry to learn he has a white ancestor, claiming to now have problems with his self-identity. However, he has a dream where he meets Thomas Jefferson, played by Alec Baldwin, on The Maury Povich Show. Jefferson makes Tracy feel better about himself, and Tracy wakes up determined to play Jefferson in a film called Jefferson, which he wants Toofer to write. A fake trailer is prepared for GE head Don Geiss featuring Tracy playing Jefferson and various other characters. Geiss turns down the project.
- Thomas Jefferson on Wikipedia