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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Crackdown on dancing at Jefferson Memorial an affront to common sense

    Crackdown on dancing at Jefferson Memorial an affront to common sense
    Look, no one wants people dancing at national monuments. Folks doing the electric slide at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial would ruin the spirit of reverence and reflection it inspires. Still, it is hard to believe we need a federal law, a court ruling...
  • 2012 Missouri High School Basketball Boys All-State Teams

    2012 Missouri High School Basketball Boys All-State Teams
    The all-state basketball teams and final polls as selected by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. CLASS 5 First Team Nolan Berry, 6-8, jr., DeSmet Jordon Granger, 6-8, sr., McCluer North Ryan Rosburg, 6-10, sr., Marquette Jalen...
  • With assault on the judiciary, Gingrich proves he's the same old Newt

    With assault on the judiciary, Gingrich proves he's the same old 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 newly acquired front-running status for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is shining a...
  • The Valley Line: Dancing their way home for Christmas

    The Valley Line: Dancing their way home for Christmas
    I hope you had memorable holiday celebrations. I certainly did, as we celebrated with my sister, Nubby (don’t ask — the explanation is too long), at her home in San Clemente. It was a stunning day, with the islands of Catalina and San Clemente...
  • Uncompromising on when compromise is appropriate

    Editor: The Aegis editorial on Wednesday, Dec. 28, entitled "Just like sausage," shows the unfortunate misunderstanding of what governing while representing the people is all about. When the residents of Harford County elect conservative Republicans to...
  • 3 guilty in scheme to steal metal worth $2.6 million from port

    Three Baltimore men have pleaded guilty to being involved with a scheme to steal imported metal worth $2.6 million from the Port of Baltimore, prosecutors said Tuesday. Thomas Jefferson, 50, and James Robinson, 41, admitted in court Tuesday to conspiring...
  • Theft of nickel is a case of international intrigue

    Theft of nickel is a case of international intrigue
    Three people connected to the theft of more than 321,000 pounds of stolen metal have pleaded guilty in a scheme with tentacles reaching from a scrap metal dealer in West Baltimore to companies in Pittsburgh, New York, Switzerland, India and Australia. It...