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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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  • 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...
  • BRD looks to build on momentum as practice begins Monday

    BRD looks to build on momentum as practice begins Monday
    With Lafayette High's Thomas Smith (Virginia Tech) and Grafton's Dylan Stallings (James Madison) making Division I commitments during the past two weeks, Bay Rivers District's football profile is shining brighter than ever. The district long ago...
  • Tour gives public rare look inside historic home, Severnby

    Tour gives public rare look inside historic home, Severnby
    Never in his wildest dreams did Philip Hamilton ever think that a common household product like baking soda would be so crucial to the revival of his ancestral home, Severnby, on the Severn River in Gloucester. In August 2002, a fire caused by a...
  • Camry Green provides noticeable presence for CNU's women's basketball team

    Camry Green is used to standing out in a crowd. "I've actually been the tallest since elementary school — not in the class but in the whole school," said Green, Christopher Newport's 6-foot-1 freshman center. Green, from Richmond, said she lost...
  • Talk less, listen more

    Talk less, listen more
    Rabbi David Spey Title: Spiritual leader, Temple Bat Yam, Fort Lauderdale, since July. Other job experience: Former construction assistant for a hospital; former medical research assistant at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx. Education:...
  • Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark

    Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark
    RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River. Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
  • Leadership tips from great leaders

    Leadership tips from great leaders
    What do Nelson Mandela, Teddy Roosevelt and Golda Meir have in common? They all possessed the essential traits of great leadership. "Leadership is one of the most complex undertakings anyone will face," says Doug Moran, author of "If You Will Lead:...
  • Historical journey

    Historical journey
    Long before Washington, D.C., existed, the shores of the Potomac were divided into plantations owned by wealthy traders and gentleman farmers. Mount Vernon -- just 16 miles from Washington -- was a plantation George Washington inherited and lived in...
  • Man said to don fake beard in alleged Bethesda murder attempt

    Frank Cipriani entered a Bethesda home, wearing a disguise and posing as a building inspector. He faced his lover's husband, and pulled out a gun. Then his fake beard fell off. In that instant, prosecutors say, an elaborate murder plot also unraveled....
  • Should we care if Herman Cain had an affair?

    Should we care if Herman Cain had an affair?
    Herman Cain, the business executive who was recently the leading Republican candidate for president, has dropped out of the race after allegations that he carried on a 13-year extramarital affair. Even though Mr. Cain says the accusations are untrue, as...
  • KSPR Boys Basketball Power Rankings - Week 2

    KSPR Boys Basketball Power Rankings - Week 2
    KSPR Boys Basketball Power Rankings – Week 2 (Teams are ranked by the KSPR Sports Department based on their relative strength to class size. Overall dominance, strength of schedule, quality wins, and momentum are factors in determining the order....