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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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  • 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...
  • Timothy Naftali: Nixon's checker

    Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies...
  • 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...
  • Protesters plan more dancing despite cops' orders

    Protesters plan more dancing despite cops' orders
    They were arrested, slammed to the ground and choked last weekend. But protesters opposed to a federal judge's ruling that bans dancing inside the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in D.C. aren't backing down.  Led by Russia Today host Adam Kokesh (an Iraq war...
  • 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...
  • Should protesters be arrested for 'expressive dancing'?

    Should protesters be arrested for 'expressive dancing'?
    A recent federal court decision that declared illegal "expressive dancing" inside the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in D.C. caused quite a stir this weekend.  Five people were arrested -- and one apparently choked and slammed -- by U.S. Park Police...
  • Huntington's director of research to retire in 2011

     
    Robert C. Ritchie, who has served for close to 19 years as the director of research at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, will retire from his position in June 2011. The Huntington said that Ritchie will remain......
  • The Republican 'Pledge': Who does the GOP think Americans are?

     
    The much-anticipated "Pledge to America" by Republicans is out, and it's a doozy. The policy points have already been dissected elsewhere, so I'll focus on the curious assumptions that underpin the proposals. The paper is laced with the kind saber-...
  • Writer Yiyun Li named MacArthur "genius" Fellow

     
    Author Yiyun Li is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, it was announced today. Li, who lives in northern California and is an assistant professor at UC Davis, was giddy when The Times reached her by phone. What will the fellowship mean......
  • Florida State at Virginia: Welcome to the press box

     
    Florida State at Virginia: Welcome to the press box...
  • Literary auction at Bonhams & Butterfields today

     
    Monday's auction of fine books, manuscripts and historical photographs at Bonhams & Butterfields begins at 10 a.m. PDT. Among the signature pieces are a world atlas, dating from the late 1500s, with vivid color maps, detailed drawings of the locals......