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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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  • Timothy Naftali: Nixon's checker

    Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies...
  • Edwin Gaustad dies at 87; scholar of American religion

    Edwin Gaustad dies at 87; scholar of American religion
    Edwin Gaustad, a retired UC Riverside history and religious studies professor who was a preeminent scholar on the separation of church and state, and who did groundbreaking work mapping the nation's religious landscape, has died. He was 87. Gaustad...
  • Civil War deeply rooted in Virginia

    Civil War deeply rooted in Virginia
    On a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with...
  • A Civil War road trip

    A Civil War road trip
    Ken Burns, whose landmark documentary on the Civil War established him as one of its quintessential authorities, thinks there's no better way to get a sense of the Civil War than to visit its battlefields, museums and national parks. "When we go to Civil...
  • Book reviews: Two Civil War anthologies

    Book reviews: Two Civil War anthologies
    Hearts Touched by Fire The Best of "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" Edited by Harold Holzer Modern Library: 1,264 pp., $38 The Civil War The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears and Aaron Sheehan-...
  • April 8: Author - Dan Van Haften, Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason

    April 8: Author - Dan Van Haften, Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason
    Dan Van Haften To purchase a copy of the book: Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason Book Signing: Saturday, April 9 2:00 p.m. Borders 15260 S. La Grange Road Orland Park Saturday, April 30 4:00 p.m. Borders 1500 16th Street, Suite D Oak...
  • It's A Gray Area: Regulate marijuana like wine

    In my public discussions about our nation's failed and hopeless policy of marijuana prohibition, I often say that Proposition 19 actually won the election last November, but we will simply be delaying implementation for two years. I say that for two...
  • Villaraigosa Proposes Education Reform, Teacher Ratings

    Villaraigosa Proposes Education Reform, Teacher Ratings
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he is looking for help from parents as well as city workers to improve the city. Villaraigosa delivered his sixth State of the City address Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson High...
  • Garden paths

    Garden paths
    Online refer: For more garden photos, go to baltimoresun.com/travel. For more information on gardening, read Susan Reimer's blog at baltimoresun.com/gardenvariety When Cheval Opp retired from IBM, she knew exactly what she would do with her time....
  • Monticello's preservation forever linked to Jewish family

    Monticello's preservation forever linked to Jewish family
    I've never met an American who didn't have a soft spot in his heart for Thomas Jefferson and Monticello, his home and plantation in Charlottesville. After his term as president expired in 1809, Jefferson lived full time at Monticello. The house, which...
  • If you go: Monticello

    THE BEST WAY TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Charlottesville is offered on United, US Airways and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $348. Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Va.,...