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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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  • Sweetheart spas: Work out the kinks in your relationship

    Sweetheart spas: Work out the kinks in your relationship
    Fancy the notion of being pampered, polished and indulged with your sweetheart at your side this Valentine's Day? Then consider a spa escapade for two. "In the past, romance was about tales of travel and adventure — the kinds of experiences that...
  • On Faith: An obligation to live and speak the truth

    Years ago, while I was visiting a South American city's cathedral at a time when the country was under a brutal military regime, I overheard a tour guide complaining to his tour group that there were members of the clergy preaching politics. This was not...
  • MacDaddy's: A CT-based mac-and-cheese franchise thinks big

    MacDaddy's: A CT-based mac-and-cheese franchise thinks big
    Many small-business owners are enthusiastic. And those who are on the verge of expansion are maybe a little more excited and self-promotional than most. But Robert Dunn, the CEO of MacDaddy's, a Connecticut-based mac-and-cheese franchise, has a...
  • 10 things you might not know about salt

    10 things you might not know about salt
    Every winter, widespread chemical dumping leaves Chicago streets covered in sodium chloride. Here are 10 facts you don't have to take with a grain of salt: 1. Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on their vegetables,...
  • A Real Case of Separation of Church & State

    A Real Case of Separation of Church & State
    It is always informative to watch the stories today's news media decides are BIG stories and then to dig a little and find that there are actually much BIGGER stories. Let’s look at  the recent universal outrage expressed at King Barrack and Duchess...
  • Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civility

    Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civility
    When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy. Last week at the Conservative...
  • Students learn the basics of book publishing

    Students learn the basics of book publishing
    Wearing a chef’s hat and apron, children’s book author Mary Ann Fraser stood at the front of a first-grade classroom at Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday and told the students that it was time to cook up a story. Within minutes, they had...
  • Judges' pay in Maryland ranks near the bottom nationally

    The independent Judicial Compensation Commission recently reported its findings to the Maryland General Assembly, which presented them to the Senate and House of Delegates in the form of Joint Resolutions. Our state's judges have not received a raise...
  • Hopkins' medical students learn to use their stethoscopes

    Hopkins' medical students learn to use their stethoscopes
    The stethoscope may be an icon of the medical profession to most patients. But it's more of a relic to many doctors. The device used to listen to the heart, lungs and other body parts — invented nearly 200 years ago — has been overtaken by...
  • Mr. Santorum's misapprehension

    Rick Santorum, who appears to have taken this week's lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the presidency, accused President Obama the other day of following a "phony theology," elevating earth above humankind. On Face the Nation yesterday,...
  • FEMA money helps Louisa County but Gloucester suffers

    To show how important it was to get a disaster declaration designation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the April 16 tornado in Gloucester, look no further than Thursday's announcement. Gob. Bob McDonnell announced in a press release with a...