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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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  • Local Hero: Eastford Man First Union General To Die In Civil War

    Local Hero: Eastford Man First Union General To Die In Civil War
    Gen. Nathaniel Lyon died at the right time. Raised in eastern Connecticut, the 43-year-old West Point graduate was killed while commanding the Union forces at the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 10, 1861. He became the first...
  • Alleged document thieves indicted on federal charges

    The two New Yorkers charged with stealing historic documents from Maryland were indicted federally Thursday in a far broader scheme in which prosecutors say they stole many more valuable manuscripts from museums in both states. A National Archives...
  • Tea party: an albatross around the GOP's neck

    In 1789 there was a great divide in the new American nation: Alexander Hamilton feared the tyranny of an uniformed majority, while Thomas Jefferson feared the tyranny of an elite minority. James Madison crafted the hybrid system that we have today as a...
  • 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...
  • Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum

    Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum
    Our book club reads a wide range of titles, frequently about nature. We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs. "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best...
  • Catonsville family traces roots to Virginia settlers in 1600s

    Catonsville family traces roots to Virginia settlers in 1600s
    A century ago, the Page family settled in Catonsville, founded a church and operated the neighborhood grocery out of the front rooms of a home on Winters Lane. Still, the family's 99-year-old matriarch, Eva Page Brooks — whose living room was...
  • Friday Forecaster: Comedian Chris Titus

    Friday Forecaster: Comedian Chris Titus
    This week's Friday Forecaster is comedian Chris Titus, who has a new Comedy Central special called "Neverlution." Filmed at The Escondido Arts Center in Escondido, California, Titus takes aim at the complacency and idiocy of today's America with the same...
  • Nap time delights through the ages

    Today's tutorial, funded by a generous grant from the Get Serious! Self-Help Institute ("For people who just can't help themselves") is: How to Take A Nap. The nap is one of the great blessings of civilization. Before civilization, it was hard to take...
  • Virginia politicians should not be lecturing Maryland's governor

    There is a very good reason why a Virginia delegate should not be lecturing Gov. Martin O'Malley on his support for same-sex marriage ("On marriage, O'Malley should heed O'Brien," Aug 16). His appeal to lofty ideals such as natural law and even Thomas...
  • Indiana: America's original wine country

    Indiana: America's original wine country
    VEVAY, Ind. — Every summer, over the last weekend in August, girls in Swiss costumes dance traditional polkas, passenger boats ply the Ohio River, and fireworks light up the night sky here. The riverbank of this otherwise quiet Switzerland County...
  • Feds aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent

    Feds aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent
    NASA opened an energy efficient office building at Langley Research Center in Hampton. The Navy is running boats on biofuel in Norfolk. But those efforts only go so far as NASA, the Department of Defense — and every other federal agency under White...