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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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  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Yoga creates calm for children with autism

    Yoga creates calm for children with autism
    Autistic children who have trouble relaxing are finding peace through "pretzel" and "superman." Theseyoga poses and a dozen others, performed in sequence each day at Coconut Creek Elementary School, offer students in the school's autism classes a way...
  • Partisan rhetoric inflames college board race

    A political campaign focused on a troubled community college construction program has suddenly veered into a noisy side battle with cries of censorship, stealth candidates and "tea party" takeover. Scott Svonkin, a senior advisor to L.A. County Sheriff...
  • What's on these authors' summer 2011 reading list

    What's on these authors' summer 2011 reading list
    Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...
  • Obama in London: This time, the president opts for a more traditional gift for the queen

    On his first visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009, President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod. Given a second chance Tuesday, his gift for the British monarch was decidedly more traditional. According to the White House, Obama gave the queen a...
  • In Theory: Should holy books be distributed in schools?

    Schools in White County, Tenn., have agreed to stop allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles in classrooms after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit. The Gideons entered a classroom at Doyle Elementary School in Doyle, about 100 miles east of Nashville, and...