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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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  • Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark

    Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark
    RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River. Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
  • Kelly clears Rees for workouts -- for now

    Kelly clears Rees for workouts -- for now
    BRIDGMAN -- Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is attending summer school classes, working out with his Irish football teammates and basking in relative normalcy. For now. The junior's May 3 arrest and subsequent four misdemeanor charges haven't gone...
  • Mailbag: Put your columnist on trash service monopolies

    For Jack Wu's next column, he might address the entire concept of "monopoly government services," i.e., why do I have to use the government's garbageman? Why can't I hire my own? I hire my own gardener. My own mechanic. My own home remodeler. My own...
  • Sports TV and radio: Tuesday's 5/8 logs (updated Monday AM)

    7 a.m.    Tennis: Men’s Madrid Masters.--Tennis Channel 10 a.m.    Baseball: 1990: Douglas Freeman vs. Hampton.--LSC 48 Noon    Basketball: March 1990: Thomas Jefferson of Richmond vs. Hampton.-- LSC 48 2 p.m.    Basketball: Jan. 1990: Phoebus girls...
  • WDBJ7 goes inside the White House for a behind the scenes tour

    WDBJ7 goes inside the White House for a behind the scenes tour
    It was the biggest home in America at one time until after the Civil War. WDBJ7 Anchor Hollani Davis was one of eight reporters invited by the Obama administration earlier this month to take a personal tour of the White House.  The President invitation...
  • Governor McDonnell officially opens Martinsville company and welcomes 500 jobs

    Governor McDonnell officially opens Martinsville company and welcomes 500 jobs
    Governor McDonnell and most of his cabinet welcomed ICF International in Martinsville Monday. IFC International officially opened its doors Monday in Henry County with Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Bill Bolling, most of the governor's cabinet and the...
  • High court strikes down Stolen Valor Act

    High court strikes down Stolen Valor Act
    SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego assemblyman and ex-Marine said Thursday he respects theU.S. Supreme Courtruling striking down the Stolen Valor Act, which made it unlawful to falsely claim to have been awarded a military honor. The law, passed by Congress in...
  • What to teach your child about July 4

    At some point over the course of the next week, most families will experience a fireworks display. After all, what would the Fourth of July be without fanfare and moments to reflect on our freedom? During the course of the picnicking and sky gazing,...
  • Courageous acts and independence

    Growing up I had an older cousin, not to be named here, who was a bully. You know the kind of person, who uses their power or strength to intimidate those younger or weaker. My grandmother lived in a very old house and on one occasion, both my cousin and...
  • Commentary: Columnist's grasp on history is shaky

    Almost always, I read Mona Shadia's columns with bemusement and incredulity. Her mixture of Islamic religious advocacy and sheer naïveté is mostly harmless drivel, like the rest of what is printed in the Independent. Yet what she writes and how she...
  • Roberts' ruling took guts

    Why not just cut open a goat and be done with it? In ancient Rome, a special kind of priest called a haruspex would "read" the entrails of sheep to divine the will of the gods, the health of the growing season, or whatever else was weighing on the...
  • Newsweek's 'gay president' cover was unfair to Pennsylvania

    Newsweek's 'gay president' cover was unfair to Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvanians have justification for being upset over this week's Newsweek magazine cover, portraying President Barack Obama as "the first gay president." That had to do with Obama's decision to come out, excuse the expression, in favor of same-sex...