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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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  • 12 places to visit in 2012

    12 places to visit in 2012
    New Mexico: This year, New Mexicans mark 100 years of statehood. But much of the state's appeal stems from its human history that goes back much further. (In 2010, Santa Fe celebrated 400 years of cityhood.) Explore here: the adobe architecture and art...
  • The Bookworms

    The Bookworms
    We have been together for more than 30 years. We're a mixed group from Oak Park — married, singles and a few former Catholic priests. For our 25th year celebration we rented a villa in Tuscany. We still smile and enjoy talking about it. Last...
  • Sweetheart spas: Work out the kinks in your relationship

    Sweetheart spas: Work out the kinks in your relationship
    Fancy the notion of being pampered, polished and indulged with your sweetheart at your side this Valentine's Day? Then consider a spa escapade for two. "In the past, romance was about tales of travel and adventure — the kinds of experiences that...
  • Rice memoir casts an eye at history

    Rice memoir casts an eye at history
    By now, of course, the key details of former national security adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington" have already made it to public view. Among them: She clashed over policy with Vice...
  • Friends Evening Book Discussion Group

    Friends Evening Book Discussion Group
    The group has been meeting at the Mount Prospect Public Library since January 1990 and has been featured in "The Book Group Book" edited by Ellen Slezak. Recently we read Helen Simonson's "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and had a very good discussion....
  • Classic Hollywood: Martin Landau finds love

    Classic Hollywood: Martin Landau finds love
    Martin Landau has worked with some of cinema's most accomplished filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock ("North by Northwest"), Francis Ford Coppola ("Tucker: The Man and His Dream"), Woody Allen ("Crimes and Misdemeanors") and Tim Burton ("Ed Wood")....
  • The best egg dishes at popular destinations across America

    The best egg dishes at popular destinations across America
    For me, the egg hunt didn't stop when I became an adult. Some people hunt eggs, but I prefer to eat them. As a kid, I thrilled more to the feast than the hunt — as in the feast of hard-boiled eggs and leftover egg dishes that remained in the wake...
  • George Washington, in war and peace

    George Washington, in war and peace
    Washington A Life Ron Chernow Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40 On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
  • "First Family: Abigail and John Adams" by Joseph J. Ellis

    "First Family: Abigail and John Adams" by Joseph J. Ellis
    "First Family: Abigail and John Adams" By Joseph J. Ellis Knopf, 299 pages, $27.95 Before Barack and Michelle, Eleanor and Franklin and certainly before the brand otherwise known as Brangelina, came America's first power couple: John and Abigail Adams....
  • 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...
  • Book review: 'First Family' by Joseph J. Ellis

    Book review: 'First Family' by Joseph J. Ellis
    First Family Abigail & John Adams Joseph J. Ellis Alfred A. Knopf: 304 pp., $27.95 John and Abigail Adams are the most well-known, most-written-about couple in America's Revolutionary generation. Why? Because they left such a well-constructed paper...