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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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  • Shadia: Thoughts on 'All-American Muslim'

    When I first read about a reality TV show featuring the everyday lives and struggles of Muslim Americans, I immediately added it to my short list. But my reaction to the first episode of "All-American Muslim" on TLC was mixed. I liked some elements,...
  • Christopher Hitchens dies at 62; engaging, enraging author and essayist

    Christopher Hitchens dies at 62; engaging, enraging author and essayist
    Christopher Hitchens, the engaging and enraging British-American author and essayist whose polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other provocations established him as one of his generation's most robust public intellectuals, has died. He was...
  • Still brewing: The tea party hasn't gone away

    Still brewing: The tea party hasn't gone away
    At a Heritage Foundation luncheon for activists and bloggers in July, Heritage President Ed Feulner asked, "What's up with the tea party …? We're not hearing much right now." This question, in one form or another, is cropping up with increasing...
  • Newt Gingrich says he'd defy Supreme Court rulings he opposed

    Newt Gingrich says he'd defy Supreme Court rulings he opposed
    Newt Gingrich says as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions that conflicted with his powers as commander in chief, and he would press for impeaching judges or even abolishing certain courts if he disagreed with their rulings. "I'm fed up with...
  • Who will win Iowa, the most conservative or the most electable?

    Who will win Iowa, the most conservative or the most electable?
    Now that the seven Republican presidential hopefuls have had their last televised debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa precinct caucuses, they have barely two weeks of on-the-ground campaigning to answer the two key questions facing the voters. The big one...
  • Attack on judiciary raises questions about the 'New Newt'

    Attack on judiciary raises questions about the 'New Newt'
    Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed "smartest guy in the room," may have outsmarted himself in his latest assault on the American judiciary, just as his front-running status for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is shining a brighter spotlight...
  • Team wins SCMAF consolation title

    Bits and pieces from the local sports scene. Burbank football team comes back in tournament: Despite dropping its first game in the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation flag football championship, the Burbank Fighting Irish battled back....
  • From Nepal to Jlab: one scientist's journey

    Jefferson Lab in Newport News can, at times, feel like a United Nations meeting — scientists from Italy, Chile, Japan and dozens more countries frequent the nuclear physics research center. Pashupati Dhakal stands out among the international crowd....
  • William S. Aiken Jr., NASA executive, dies

    William S. Aiken Jr., NASA executive, dies
    William S. Aiken Jr., former NASA director of aeronautics who earlier in his career had worked on the X-1, the first supersonic aircraft, died May 27 of a blood disorder at St. Agnes Hospital. The Charlestown retirement community resident was 90. The...
  • Weiner scandal: Can't we just go back to ignoring politicians' sex lives?

    The sex lives of American presidents, all the way back to Thomas Jefferson, were not front-page news, as they would be today. The private lives of presidents and other public officials made for gossip among Washington insiders but were not considered...
  • Radioactive tritium leaked at Surry Power Station

    Radioactive tritium leaked at Surry Power Station
    Radioactive tritium used in everything from wristwatches to hydrogen bombs has leaked into groundwater at Virginia’s two commercial nuclear power plants during the past four years. While not known to have reached public water supplies, the leaks...