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Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801-1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806). As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781), first United States Secretary of State (1789–1793) and second Vice President (1797–1801). A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia.

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Monticello Home of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's Library
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The Thomas Jefferson Papers Library of Congress, largest collection of original documents

Library of Congress Jefferson Exhibit

Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive at the University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson PBS site based on the film by Ken Burns, interactive, lesson plans

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