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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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  • 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...
  • Lawrence R. 'Larry' Sibley, police officer

    Lawrence R. 'Larry' Sibley, police officer
    Lawrence R. "Larry" Sibley, a retired Baltimore County police officer who had a second career in security and as an office manager, died Thursday from heart disease at his home in Shrewsbury, Pa. He was 64. The son of an Old Bay Line seaman and a...
  • Climax Springs defeats Thomas Jefferson, 55-47

    Climax Springs defeats Thomas Jefferson, 55-47
    BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Climax Springs used a hot shooting first quarter to propel themselves to an early lead, and then rolled to a 55-47 victory over Thomas Jefferson High from Joplin on Tuesday night in Bolivar to advance to a Class 1 quarterfinal.  Climax...
  • Radioactive tritium leaked at Surry Power Station

    Radioactive tritium leaked at Surry Power Station
    Radioactive tritium used in everything from wristwatches to hydrogen bombs has leaked into groundwater at Virginia’s two commercial nuclear power plants during the past four years. While not known to have reached public water supplies, the leaks...
  • Up the hill

    Plans to restore an Aberdeen church dating to 1866 at the corner of West Bel Air Avenue and Law Street are as good a place as any to start a bull session about history, preservation, restoration and the like. Leonard McGrady and his son, Patrick, who ran...
  • You can thank Democrats for new payroll deductions

    With freedom on our minds as we celebrate the Fourth of July, our state employees will be experiencing a diminishing of their freedom. Beginning with the July 1, 2011 pay period, the state will be withholding an "agency fee" from all state employees,...