HOUSTON (CW39) – National Thomas Jefferson Day each year on April 13th honors the birth of the third President of The United States, Thomas Jefferson, who was born April 13, 1743. In Houston, Shannon LaNier with CW39’s NO WAIT WEATHER + TRAFFIC, is the his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Jefferson.
Jefferson was not only a lawyer, but he was also a scientist of agriculture, paleontology, and astronomy. He also kept detailed records of the weather and eventually established weather observers across his home state of Virginia.
FULL STORY: Pres. Thomas Jefferson through the eyes of his BLACK descendant, Shannon LaNier of CW39 Houston
LaNier has been featured numerous times by several outlets about his historic lineage. The Smithsonian came to Houston in 2020 to photograph him.
LaNier, an award winning journalist, reports on weather and traffic to keep you and your family safe. Watch him from 6-10am on CW39 Houston.