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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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  • Weiner scandal: Can't we just go back to ignoring politicians' sex lives?

    The sex lives of American presidents, all the way back to Thomas Jefferson, were not front-page news, as they would be today. The private lives of presidents and other public officials made for gossip among Washington insiders but were not considered...
  • Hey Congress, Un-Supersize This!

    Hey Congress, Un-Supersize This!
    What do Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman have in common? They would all be too embarrassed to have their names associated as Super Friends of the Congress’s Super Committee. I would personally like to see Wonder Woman lassoo  the “...
  • 12 places to visit in 2012

    12 places to visit in 2012
    New Mexico: This year, New Mexicans mark 100 years of statehood. But much of the state's appeal stems from its human history that goes back much further. (In 2010, Santa Fe celebrated 400 years of cityhood.) Explore here: the adobe architecture and art...
  • 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...
  • Teachers Alliance Creates Online Petition Over DISD Actions

    Teachers Alliance Creates Online Petition Over DISD Actions
    There was more backlash over a number of recent decisions by the Dallas Independent School District, as the organization that represented teachers created an online petition with a list of demands. The petition arose after the Dallas School Board meeting...
  • Catholic employers angered by contraception mandate

    Catholic employers angered by contraception mandate
    SANDIEGO - President Obama's new health care law requiring religious-based employers to provide birth control coverage to female employees has drawn criticism in San Diego, especially at Catholic churches. Religious organizations said the law, which is...
  • Brandon Savone

    Brandon Savone
    On national signing day, the University of Louisiana-Monroe took a chance, and they think that chance will pay off. They offered Brandon Savone a football scholarship even though he didn't play his senior season, and he's our VooDoo Athlete of the Week....
  • 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...