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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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  • 10 things you might not know about the death penalty

    10 things you might not know about the death penalty
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    Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations. Eleven were Episcopalians (12 if you count Thomas Jefferson, whose adult beliefs are a subject of debate), eight were...
  • Jefferson Memorial dance party: A victory for Kokesh, police and America

     Jefferson Memorial dance party: A victory for Kokesh, police and America
    They came, they saw, they danced and -- amazingly -- no one was arrested. No one was choked. No one was slammed to the ground or struck in the face.  Saturday at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., protesters led by Russia Today show host...
  • Free Wi-Fi To Be Available At 20 NYC Parks

    Free Wi-Fi To Be Available At 20 NYC Parks
    Free Wi-Fi will soon be available at 20 New York City parks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday. The Wi-Fi roll out is part of a new five-year initiative unveiled by Bloomberg and CEO of AT&T Randall Stephenson. Wireless internet is already...
  • Civility: Political costs of incivility

    Civility: Political costs of incivility
    Part Two: While this year's political contests seemed especially bitter because personal attacks seemed to outnumber discussions of issues, history suggests that false accusations have been part of American political contests since the early 1800s. The...
  • The scouting report: Phoebus vs. Stone Bridge

    PHOEBUS (14-0) VS. STONE BRIDGE (14-0) WHAT: Group AAA Division 5 final. WHEN: Noon. WHERE: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville. TV: Cox 11 WHEN PHOEBUS HAS THE BALL: The Phantoms have been moving the ball lately, but their problem has been turnovers....
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    10 things you might not know about height
    2010 is shaping up as The Year of the Tall. The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which was designed and built by Chicago firms, opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The world's tallest Jesus statue was erected in western Poland. Tennis...
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    I truly love the new tea party candidates who were sworn into Congress last week. They don't even try to hide their arrogance and hypocrisy. I'm referring specifically to the stunt pulled this week, when the Republican leadership convened with an...
  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
    Sometimes I wonder if anyone ever reads my columns here in the Valley Sun. So when I get e-mail from a reader asking me to respond to a specific topic, I comply. Got one the other day. It said, "Hey, Dr. Joe! Write something about Martin Luther King;...