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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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  • 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...
  • Doyle McManus: Shifting sands of religion and politics

    Doyle McManus: Shifting sands of religion and politics
    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...
  • Lens crafters: Exhibit salutes architectural photography

    Lens crafters: Exhibit salutes architectural photography
    Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to create the stunning images of houses that grace fine design magazines, newspapers, and websites? Unlike news photography, which records events as they happen, or studio and fashion photography, which captures...
  • Review: Hellas stokes up on suds

    Review: Hellas stokes up on suds
    For more than 10 years, Hellas in Anne Arundel County has been a standby Mediterranean restaurant and bar. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate groups, and the menu is heavy on filling, homey dishes like ravioli, lasagna and Greek specialties....
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  • 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...