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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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  • Inspectors work to protect consumers

    Inspectors work to protect consumers
    Jonathan Biedron didn't bother complaining the first time he noticed a difference between the price he was charged for office supplies and the figure posted on the shelf. But when it happened repeatedly — and always in the store's favor —...
  • Think Again: Identifying legitimate democracies

    Some news in the last few weeks has demonstrated the fragile nature of our freedoms. As riots in Great Britain spread, on Aug. 11 the British prime minister’s reaction was to begin an assault on freedom of speech and assembly by attempting to ban...
  • Baltimore-area school systems to open Wednesday

    Though all Baltimore region school systems will be open Wednesday, dozens of schools will remain closed because of power outages. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County schools will open Wednesday after delaying the first day because of...
  • Mount Airy student named to dean's list at Thomas Jefferson University

    Marissa Dorsey, of Mount Airy, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. She is studying occupational therapy. Georges Rizk, of Sykesville, participated in the Summer Scholars...
  • 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...
  • GCC professor given award for years of leadership

    GCC professor given award for years of leadership
    Gordon Alexandre has never shied away from confrontation. As a student at UCLA during the 1960s and ’70s, he rocked an enormous afro while serving as a vocal grass-roots organizer. Later, as a history professor at Glendale Community College, he...
  • FNF Scores - Week 1 - Sept 2

    FNF Scores - Week 1 - Sept 2
    Franklinton 0 Curtis 34 Final Salmen 14 Northshore 17 Final Reed 0 Fontainebleau 39 Final Vandebilt 28 E.D. White 30 Final/Thursday South Lafourche Destrehan 6 pm Monday? Higgins 34 Thibodaux 28 Final/Thursday Belle Chasse 47 South Plaquemines 20...
  • Religion lets candidates avoid hard truths

    I observe religious beliefs making politicians less responsible. Consider anyone who believes their particular prophet actually existed and rose to heaven, or especially that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, in spite of plentiful evidence to the...
  • An interfaith road trip to promote understanding

    An evangelical minister, a rabbi and an imam rent a van. What sounds like the start of a joke is actually a national tour we began together on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to improve interfaith cooperation and address a rising...
  • Educating our way out of the recession

    Educating our way out of the recession
    The U.S. economy is on life support, and all the enacted or proposed treatments, while necessary, are at best short term or palliative. The time has come to build a stronger foundation for our future well-being. Here's the quandary: The markets are being...
  • Pikes Peak, Colorado: It's all about the journey and views

    Pikes Peak, Colorado: It's all about the journey and views
    Pikes Peak has a punctuation problem. The mountain outside Colorado Springs is named for Zebulon Pike, the explorer who in 1806 was dispatched by President Jefferson to chart the region. Even though almost everyone omits the apostrophe, Pike's is...