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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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  • Living Here: Williamsburg

    Some say time travel is impossible. But a walk through 18th-century living is a highlight in this former Colonial capitol. The city's permanent residents still find amusement in seeing the historic interpreters in full Colonial garb in supermarkets and at...
  • Living Here: Famous people, places and things

    Hampton Roads is known around the world for its people — as being from here, as a come-here, or for just passing through — as well as places and things. It's known for its Bacon (as in Nathaniel), its ham (as in Smithfield), its presidents...
  • Living Here: Nearby attractions

    Many destinations are within easy driving distance of Hampton Roads. Pack a cooler, fill up the tank and hit the road. 1. Appomattox Court House, Appomattox The buildings and fields where Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army are still a...
  • Living Here: Science and more

    Animals, plants and planets are all covered at area museums. Many of the museums, notably the Air and Space Center and the Virginia Living Museum, have exhibits that kids love. 1. Bluebird Gap Farm. 60-acre nature center with 250 domestic and wild...
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore to revamp teaching on pain

    University of Maryland, Baltimore to revamp teaching on pain
    As part of a federal project aimed at better treating pain, the University of Maryland, Baltimore will begin revamping the way it teaches future doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists. Pain affects approximately 100 million Americans and their...
  • Wu: Democracy, not the GOP, controls Costa Mesa

    Thomas Jefferson supposedly said, "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%." I am writing this to remind all the people in Costa Mesa, from all of the comments I see posted on the Daily...
  • Growing independence from both parties

    Growing independence from both parties
    In his 2007 book, "The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800," historian Jay Winik writes that among Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamiltonand James Madison, none "believed in political parties, which they feared would lead to...
  • The Natural Bridge: Landmark features birding, nature walks and tubing events this summer

    The Natural Bridge: Landmark features birding, nature walks and tubing events this summer
    The Natural Bridge has launched a new family-friendly outdoor activities program, “Days of Summer Wonder,” that includes a James River tubing package, guided birding walk and regularly scheduled guided nature walks.  - The guided walks at...
  • U.Va. president reinstated

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The president of the University of Virginia was reinstated on Tuesday by the school's board, whose surprise decision to force her out two weeks ago set off a wave of protests by faculty and students. Teresa Sullivan,...
  • And Baltimore's Funniest Celebrity is....

    And Baltimore's Funniest Celebrity is....
    In the end, Baltimore's Funniest Celebrity became more of an endurance test than a flexing of comedic muscle. Maryland's former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the last celebrity to take the stage, might have won over what remained of the crowd when he joked...
  • Does Roberts believe what he wrote?

    Does Roberts believe what he wrote?
    Why not just cut open a goat and be done with it? In ancient Rome, a special kind of priest called a haruspex would "read" the entrails of sheep to divine the will of the gods, the health of the growing season, or whatever else was weighing on the...