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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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  • Baltimore-area school systems to open Wednesday

    Though all Baltimore region school systems will be open Wednesday, dozens of schools will remain closed because of power outages. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County schools will open Wednesday after delaying the first day because of...
  • Mount Airy student named to dean's list at Thomas Jefferson University

    Marissa Dorsey, of Mount Airy, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. She is studying occupational therapy. Georges Rizk, of Sykesville, participated in the Summer Scholars...
  • Review: A powerful revival of 'Trouble in Mind'

    Review: A powerful revival of 'Trouble in Mind'
    There's an unexpected case of theatrical synergy going on in the region, with two productions that look squarely at issues of race, identity and self-esteem. At Everyman Theatre, you'll find a potent staging of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun,"...
  • Congregants to celebrate 'Old Brick' church

    Congregants to celebrate 'Old Brick' church
    The centuries-old church affectionately known as "Old Brick" is far from imposing. It more closely resembles a one-room schoolhouse than it does the newer, larger building that has housed its congregation since the 1990s. Yet Old Brick's historic role as...
  • Westboro Baptist case: Juries on trial

    Westboro Baptist case: Juries on trial
    The Supreme Court has embarked on a new term that is widely predicted to be one of its most momentous in many years. But we should not quickly forget one very important First Amendment case decided by the court during its last term — one that may...
  • Lens crafters: Exhibit salutes architectural photography

    Lens crafters: Exhibit salutes architectural photography
    Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to create the stunning images of houses that grace fine design magazines, newspapers, and websites? Unlike news photography, which records events as they happen, or studio and fashion photography, which captures...
  • Review: Hellas stokes up on suds

    Review: Hellas stokes up on suds
    For more than 10 years, Hellas in Anne Arundel County has been a standby Mediterranean restaurant and bar. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate groups, and the menu is heavy on filling, homey dishes like ravioli, lasagna and Greek specialties....
  • Tom Benjamin adds a new 'Brick' to his reputation

    The Old Brick Church has earned that name during its 200-year history. That anniversary is being observed by Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, whose present building was constructed in 1993 and hence qualifies as an architectural newcomer. Such an...
  • Bosley Mouldings is in the family mold

    Bosley Mouldings is in the family mold
    I wish I had met Bosley Wright three years earlier. Back in 2008, I embarked on a do-it-mostly-myself kitchen renovation that included adding architectural millwork around the door and window frames. Easy enough, except that I wanted to match the...
  • Crackdown on dancing at Jefferson Memorial an affront to common sense

    Crackdown on dancing at Jefferson Memorial an affront to common sense
    Look, no one wants people dancing at national monuments. Folks doing the electric slide at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial would ruin the spirit of reverence and reflection it inspires. Still, it is hard to believe we need a federal law, a court ruling...
  • A growing religious tolerance in U.S. politics

    A growing religious tolerance in U.S. politics
    Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations. Eleven were Episcopalians (12 if you count Thomas Jefferson, whose adult beliefs are a subject of debate), eight were...
  • William S. Aiken Jr., NASA executive, dies

    William S. Aiken Jr., NASA executive, dies
    William S. Aiken Jr., former NASA director of aeronautics who earlier in his career had worked on the X-1, the first supersonic aircraft, died May 27 of a blood disorder at St. Agnes Hospital. The Charlestown retirement community resident was 90. The...