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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 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...
  • Review: A powerful revival of 'Trouble in Mind'

    Review: A powerful revival of 'Trouble in Mind'
    There's an unexpected case of theatrical synergy going on in the region, with two productions that look squarely at issues of race, identity and self-esteem. At Everyman Theatre, you'll find a potent staging of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun,"...
  • Congregants to celebrate 'Old Brick' church

    Congregants to celebrate 'Old Brick' church
    The centuries-old church affectionately known as "Old Brick" is far from imposing. It more closely resembles a one-room schoolhouse than it does the newer, larger building that has housed its congregation since the 1990s. Yet Old Brick's historic role as...
  • Westboro Baptist case: Juries on trial

    Westboro Baptist case: Juries on trial
    The Supreme Court has embarked on a new term that is widely predicted to be one of its most momentous in many years. But we should not quickly forget one very important First Amendment case decided by the court during its last term — one that may...
  • Tom Benjamin adds a new 'Brick' to his reputation

    The Old Brick Church has earned that name during its 200-year history. That anniversary is being observed by Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, whose present building was constructed in 1993 and hence qualifies as an architectural newcomer. Such an...
  • Bosley Mouldings is in the family mold

    Bosley Mouldings is in the family mold
    I wish I had met Bosley Wright three years earlier. Back in 2008, I embarked on a do-it-mostly-myself kitchen renovation that included adding architectural millwork around the door and window frames. Easy enough, except that I wanted to match the...
  • 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...