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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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  • Nap time delights through the ages

    Today's tutorial, funded by a generous grant from the Get Serious! Self-Help Institute ("For people who just can't help themselves") is: How to Take A Nap. The nap is one of the great blessings of civilization. Before civilization, it was hard to take...
  • Virginia politicians should not be lecturing Maryland's governor

    There is a very good reason why a Virginia delegate should not be lecturing Gov. Martin O'Malley on his support for same-sex marriage ("On marriage, O'Malley should heed O'Brien," Aug 16). His appeal to lofty ideals such as natural law and even Thomas...
  • Indiana: America's original wine country

    Indiana: America's original wine country
    VEVAY, Ind. — Every summer, over the last weekend in August, girls in Swiss costumes dance traditional polkas, passenger boats ply the Ohio River, and fireworks light up the night sky here. The riverbank of this otherwise quiet Switzerland County...
  • Feds aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent

    Feds aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent
    NASA opened an energy efficient office building at Langley Research Center in Hampton. The Navy is running boats on biofuel in Norfolk. But those efforts only go so far as NASA, the Department of Defense — and every other federal agency under White...
  • Education Matters: Open your ears to the opposition

    Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a...
  • Pair tried to steal historical documents worth millions, police say

    Pair tried to steal historical documents worth millions, police say
    Barry H. Landau has rubbed elbows with presidents, helped plan inaugurations, and claims one of the largest collections of Oval Office memorabilia outside museums and presidential libraries. His Manhattan apartment includes a collection of china from...
  • Thefts from libraries is a persistent problem

    When I went to work for the Library of Congress in 1977, the stacks were completely open. Members of the staff and the public roamed at will. Thousands of books and other items were lost. I remember being told that when someone on the staff went to look...
  • Education in the Lehigh Valley

    COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CEDAR CREST COLLEGE (FALCONS), 100 College Drive, Allentown, 610-437-4471, 1-800-360-1222, http://www.cedarcrest.edu CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, Satellite program of Chestnut Hill's main campus in Philadelphia, 9601 Germantown Ave.,...
  • Local Hero: Eastford Man First Union General To Die In Civil War

    Local Hero: Eastford Man First Union General To Die In Civil War
    Gen. Nathaniel Lyon died at the right time. Raised in eastern Connecticut, the 43-year-old West Point graduate was killed while commanding the Union forces at the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 10, 1861. He became the first...
  • No. 1: Babe Ruth's legend and legacy spans generations

    No. 1: Babe Ruth's legend and legacy spans generations
    They pass through the tiny row home at a steady clip, 50,000 pilgrims a year on a mission to visit their mecca. Here, in a second-floor bedroom of a narrow little residence on Emory Street, on a bitter cold day in 1895, George Herman Ruth was born....
  • Living Here: Gloucester

    Living Here: Gloucester
    Gloucester is the gateway to the Middle Peninsula that has seen an influx of residents due to its affordable housing, low crime and high quality of life. The county is steeped in history. At the time of the arrival of English settlers on Virginia...