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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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  • 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...
  • Compromise Part Of 'Spirit Of '76'

    Compromise Part Of 'Spirit Of '76'
    The Declaration of Independence, announced 236 years ago today by the Second Continental Congress, is the birth certificate of the United States of America. Its famous words are, or should be, known to all: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that...
  • Living Here: Williamsburg

    Some say time travel is impossible. But a walk through 18th-century living is a highlight in this former Colonial capitol. The city's permanent residents still find amusement in seeing the historic interpreters in full Colonial garb in supermarkets and at...
  • The American idea

    The role of great men in history is often noted, but they may exercise little influence compared to great ideas. John Maynard Keynes, who was not an historian or a statesman but an economist, noted that ideas, "both when they are right and when they are...
  • Long-time UVa physician Frank McCue dies

    Long-time UVa physician Frank McCue dies
    Dr. Frank McCue III, the University of Virginia athletics physician for more than 40 years, died Sunday at age 82. McCue served Cavaliers athletes, and hundreds of others from around the state, from 1961 until his retirement in 2003. The school’s...
  • Living Here: Famous people, places and things

    Hampton Roads is known around the world for its people — as being from here, as a come-here, or for just passing through — as well as places and things. It's known for its Bacon (as in Nathaniel), its ham (as in Smithfield), its presidents...
  • New report predicts more jobs, higher paychecks in Virginia

    New report predicts more jobs, higher paychecks in Virginia
    Virginia's economy is faring better than most states according to a new report by the Thomas Jefferson Institute. It predicts more jobs, bigger paychecks, and an increase in retail sales over the next two years. Sales are good inside Native Grace in...
  • Wu: Democracy, not the GOP, controls Costa Mesa

    Thomas Jefferson supposedly said, "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%." I am writing this to remind all the people in Costa Mesa, from all of the comments I see posted on the Daily...
  • Living Here: Nearby attractions

    Many destinations are within easy driving distance of Hampton Roads. Pack a cooler, fill up the tank and hit the road. 1. Appomattox Court House, Appomattox The buildings and fields where Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army are still a...
  • Notre Dame football recruiting: Irish get off to quick start in June

    Notre Dame football recruiting: Irish get off to quick start in June
    With the calendar turning to June, college football programs will shine up their campuses and prepare to host recruits on visits during the summer months. With three scheduled visitors, Notre Dame didn't have to wait long to get prospects on campus....
  • Living Here: Science and more

    Animals, plants and planets are all covered at area museums. Many of the museums, notably the Air and Space Center and the Virginia Living Museum, have exhibits that kids love. 1. Bluebird Gap Farm. 60-acre nature center with 250 domestic and wild...
  • 'Compromise' is not a dirty word

    Compromise has always been a holy word for the Washington establishment. But against the backdrop of ever-increasing anxiety over our fiscal dysfunction, most particularly the next budget showdown, the word has taken on a tone of anger, desperation and...