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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 ¿ 4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801¿1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. The Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804¿1806) occurred during his presidency.

Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and favored states' rights and a very limited federal government. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786). He was the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779¿1781)...
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Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 ¿ 4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801¿1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. The Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804¿1806) occurred during his presidency.

Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and favored states' rights and a very limited federal government. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786). He was the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779¿1781), the first United States Secretary of State (1789¿1793) and second Vice President (1797¿1801).

Jefferson's estate, Monticello, and the univerisy he founded in 1819 -- the University of Virginia -- are located in Charlottesville, VA. U.Va. was the first university in the U.S. where higher education was completely separate from religious doctrine. Jefferson is also known for many inventions, such as the moldboard plow, wheel cipher and portable copying press.
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  • Religion in America: Good without God?

    Religion in America: Good without God?
    There are certain topics on which our letter writers and online commenters talk past the author of the piece who prompted them to respond. They don't address points raised in the original article; instead, they use the piece as a way to express whatever...
  • Phoebus, Bethel girls fare well in Group AAA state track meet

    Area athletes had several good individual performances in the final day of the Virginia High School League Group AAA state indoor track meet Saturday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. Menchville senior Melissa Wilson took third place in the pole vault...
  • Virginia is now on the wine world's radar

    Virginia is now on the wine world's radar
    Despite a wine making tradition that pre-dates California's by hundreds of years, Virginia has only recently earned itself a seat at the big table of international vintners. For many years, Virginia's winemaking reputation elicited little excitement...
  • BRD looks to build on momentum as practice begins Monday

    BRD looks to build on momentum as practice begins Monday
    With Lafayette High's Thomas Smith (Virginia Tech) and Grafton's Dylan Stallings (James Madison) making Division I commitments during the past two weeks, Bay Rivers District's football profile is shining brighter than ever. The district long ago...
  • Tour gives public rare look inside historic home, Severnby

    Tour gives public rare look inside historic home, Severnby
    Never in his wildest dreams did Philip Hamilton ever think that a common household product like baking soda would be so crucial to the revival of his ancestral home, Severnby, on the Severn River in Gloucester. In August 2002, a fire caused by a...
  • Camry Green provides noticeable presence for CNU's women's basketball team

    Camry Green is used to standing out in a crowd. "I've actually been the tallest since elementary school — not in the class but in the whole school," said Green, Christopher Newport's 6-foot-1 freshman center. Green, from Richmond, said she lost...
  • Talk less, listen more

    Talk less, listen more
    Rabbi David Spey Title: Spiritual leader, Temple Bat Yam, Fort Lauderdale, since July. Other job experience: Former construction assistant for a hospital; former medical research assistant at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx. Education:...
  • Monticello's preservation forever linked to Jewish family

    Monticello's preservation forever linked to Jewish family
    I've never met an American who didn't have a soft spot in his heart for Thomas Jefferson and Monticello, his home and plantation in Charlottesville. After his term as president expired in 1809, Jefferson lived full time at Monticello. The house, which...
  • Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark

    Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark
    RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River. Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
  • Patrick Henry's Virginia home broadens view of historical figure

    Patrick Henry's Virginia home broadens view of historical figure
    BROOKNEAL, Va. — Most Americans know Patrick Henry for one speech: "Give me liberty or give me death," delivered March 23, 1775, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., during the Second Virginia Convention. One place you can learn more...
  • The best egg dishes at popular destinations across America

    The best egg dishes at popular destinations across America
    For me, the egg hunt didn't stop when I became an adult. Some people hunt eggs, but I prefer to eat them. As a kid, I thrilled more to the feast than the hunt — as in the feast of hard-boiled eggs and leftover egg dishes that remained in the wake...