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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (18011809), 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 (18041806) 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 (17791781)...
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Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (18011809), 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 (18041806) 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 (17791781), the first United States Secretary of State (17891793) and second Vice President (17971801).

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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  • Leadership tips from great leaders

    Leadership tips from great leaders
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  • Eight Californians receive MacArthur grants

    Eight Californians receive MacArthur grants
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  • George Washington, in war and peace

    George Washington, in war and peace
    Washington A Life Ron Chernow Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40 On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
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  • Book review: 'First Family' by Joseph J. Ellis

    Book review: 'First Family' by Joseph J. Ellis
    First Family Abigail & John Adams Joseph J. Ellis Alfred A. Knopf: 304 pp., $27.95 John and Abigail Adams are the most well-known, most-written-about couple in America's Revolutionary generation. Why? Because they left such a well-constructed paper...
  • Newt Gingrich says he'd defy Supreme Court rulings he opposed

    Newt Gingrich says he'd defy Supreme Court rulings he opposed
    Newt Gingrich says as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions that conflicted with his powers as commander in chief, and he would press for impeaching judges or even abolishing certain courts if he disagreed with their rulings. "I'm fed up with...
  • Obama in London: This time, the president opts for a more traditional gift for the queen

    On his first visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009, President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod. Given a second chance Tuesday, his gift for the British monarch was decidedly more traditional. According to the White House, Obama gave the queen a...
  • Charlie Sheen Takes to the Web Again, Rhymes About CBS Execs

    Charlie Sheen Takes to the Web Again, Rhymes About CBS Execs
    LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Actor Charlie Sheen continued with his "torpedo of truth" campaign Tuesday night, airing another bizarre episode of 'Sheen's Korner' on his Ustream channel. Just hours after being fired from the hit TV show 'Two and a Half Men' on...
  • Timothy Naftali: Nixon's checker

    Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies...
  • What's on these authors' summer 2011 reading list

    What's on these authors' summer 2011 reading list
    Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...
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    Lehigh Valley hospitals received their report cards Wednesday, when the Leapfrog Group, which evaluates healthcare quality and safety nationwide, published the results of its most recent survey....
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    Food FYI: Sweet news about sour cherries...