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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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  • "First Family: Abigail and John Adams" by Joseph J. Ellis

    "First Family: Abigail and John Adams" by Joseph J. Ellis
    "First Family: Abigail and John Adams" By Joseph J. Ellis Knopf, 299 pages, $27.95 Before Barack and Michelle, Eleanor and Franklin and certainly before the brand otherwise known as Brangelina, came America's first power couple: John and Abigail Adams....
  • Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum

    Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum
    Our book club reads a wide range of titles, frequently about nature. We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs. "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best...
  • A healthy dose of American history

    A healthy dose of American history
    Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.) No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George...
  • The Bookworms

    The Bookworms
    We have been together for more than 30 years. We're a mixed group from Oak Park — married, singles and a few former Catholic priests. For our 25th year celebration we rented a villa in Tuscany. We still smile and enjoy talking about it. Last...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Quirky and unusual

    Quirky and unusual
    Awkward Family Pet Photos Mike Bender and Doug Chernack Three Rivers Press, $15, paper The guys who brought us "Awkward Family Photos" are back with an edition devoted to cruel and unusual punishment to animals. Sort of. It's not that we don't love our...
  • Eight Californians receive MacArthur grants

    Eight Californians receive MacArthur grants
    Eight Californians, including a public high school physics teacher, a deaf sign-language expert, a jellyfish researcher and an installation artist, are among 23 winners of this year's grants from the MacArthur Foundation. The recipients will each receive...
  • 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...
  • Partisan rhetoric inflames college board race

    A political campaign focused on a troubled community college construction program has suddenly veered into a noisy side battle with cries of censorship, stealth candidates and "tea party" takeover. Scott Svonkin, a senior advisor to L.A. County Sheriff...
  • 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...
  • 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...