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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (18011809), 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 (18041806) 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 (17791781)...
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Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (18011809), 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 (18041806) 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 (17791781), the first United States Secretary of State (17891793) and second Vice President (17971801).

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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  • Smithsonian exhibit details White House furnishings

    Smithsonian exhibit details White House furnishings
    It is hard to believe, considering our national fondness for the White House and its history, but new presidents used to sell off the furnishings from the previous administration in something like a garage sale. In an attempt to make "the people's house"...
  • Halloween: Colonial Williamsburg offers 18th-century inspired jack-o-lantern patterns

    Halloween: Colonial Williamsburg offers 18th-century inspired jack-o-lantern patterns
    Carve images from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area into your jack-o’-lanterns this fall. Designs of an 18th-century lady and gentleman on the dance floor, historic buildings and even the faces of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson can...
  • Occupy protests: Politics is like a box of chocolates

    I am happy to see that once again there are Americans raising their voices in protest. I know I'm not happy with the direction that our elected officials, the banking industry and the military-industrial complex are taking this country. Our third...
  • Two centuries later, group seeks to bring home sailors killed off the shores of Tripoli

    Two centuries later, group seeks to bring home sailors killed off the shores of Tripoli
    For the American sailors off Tripoli — five of them from Maryland — it was a suicide mission: Sail the small ship heavy with explosives in among the enemy fleet, set the blast to go off in 15 minutes, jump into lifeboats and get as far away as...
  • 11/2/2011-Lights Out Again

    11/2/2011-Lights Out Again
    My wife and I were visiting family in Virginia when the big storm hit. The weather there was cold on Friday and rainy on Saturday, but it wasn't crazy like in the Northeast. I stayed in touch with the news by using The Courant's smart phone app and...
  • Visit Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's other Virginia home

    — Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's other house. Everyone knows about Monticello, Jefferson's stunning 33-room home at Charlottesville at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia. But most people have never heard of Jefferson's...
  • Irish culture set to take over fairgrounds this weekend

    The Baltimore Irish Festival happens this year Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, in Timonium. On the bill will be Irish food, dance and such musical acts as the Screaming Orphans, the Rovers and Belfast Connection. There will...
  • 'President Adams' to visit Temple Isaiah

     'President Adams' to visit Temple Isaiah
    What would you ask President John Adams if you had the chance? You can get your opportunity — no flux capacitor required — at Temple Isaiah on Friday night when historical impressionist Peter Small takes the stage as the second president, who...
  • Rice memoir casts an eye at history

    Rice memoir casts an eye at history
    By now, of course, the key details of former national security adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington" have already made it to public view. Among them: She clashed over policy with Vice...
  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: The Girl from 'Barthelona'

    I pressed Mar for an intellectualized perspective of life in Barcelona. “Family, music, food, congestion, partying, chaos, the sea and hot weather,” she summed up. I asked for more and spontaneously she blurted, “Life.” I...
  • No. 1: Babe Ruth's legend and legacy spans generations

    No. 1: Babe Ruth's legend and legacy spans generations
    They pass through the tiny row home at a steady clip, 50,000 pilgrims a year on a mission to visit their mecca. Here, in a second-floor bedroom of a narrow little residence on Emory Street, on a bitter cold day in 1895, George Herman Ruth was born....