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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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  • Growing independence from both parties

    Growing independence from both parties
    In his 2007 book, "The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800," historian Jay Winik writes that among Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamiltonand James Madison, none "believed in political parties, which they feared would lead to...
  • U.Va. president reinstated

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The president of the University of Virginia was reinstated on Tuesday by the school's board, whose surprise decision to force her out two weeks ago set off a wave of protests by faculty and students. Teresa Sullivan,...
  • Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civility

    Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civility
    When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy. Last week at the Conservative...
  • And Baltimore's Funniest Celebrity is....

    And Baltimore's Funniest Celebrity is....
    In the end, Baltimore's Funniest Celebrity became more of an endurance test than a flexing of comedic muscle. Maryland's former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the last celebrity to take the stage, might have won over what remained of the crowd when he joked...
  • Judges' pay in Maryland ranks near the bottom nationally

    The independent Judicial Compensation Commission recently reported its findings to the Maryland General Assembly, which presented them to the Senate and House of Delegates in the form of Joint Resolutions. Our state's judges have not received a raise...
  • Hopkins' medical students learn to use their stethoscopes

    Hopkins' medical students learn to use their stethoscopes
    The stethoscope may be an icon of the medical profession to most patients. But it's more of a relic to many doctors. The device used to listen to the heart, lungs and other body parts — invented nearly 200 years ago — has been overtaken by...
  • Does Roberts believe what he wrote?

    Does Roberts believe what he wrote?
    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...
  • Mr. Santorum's misapprehension

    Rick Santorum, who appears to have taken this week's lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the presidency, accused President Obama the other day of following a "phony theology," elevating earth above humankind. On Face the Nation yesterday,...
  • The Maryland model

    The Maryland model
    The messy situation at the University of Virginia, which recently saw its president forced to resign by the school's governing board, only to be reinstated two weeks later after faculty and student protests, highlighted problems of institutional reform...
  • Irish culture set to take over fairgrounds this weekend

    The Baltimore Irish Festival happens this year Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, in Timonium. On the bill will be Irish food, dance and such musical acts as the Screaming Orphans, the Rovers and Belfast Connection. There will...
  • Lawrence R. 'Larry' Sibley, police officer

    Lawrence R. 'Larry' Sibley, police officer
    Lawrence R. "Larry" Sibley, a retired Baltimore County police officer who had a second career in security and as an office manager, died Thursday from heart disease at his home in Shrewsbury, Pa. He was 64. The son of an Old Bay Line seaman and a...
  • Should we care if Herman Cain had an affair?

    Should we care if Herman Cain had an affair?
    Herman Cain, the business executive who was recently the leading Republican candidate for president, has dropped out of the race after allegations that he carried on a 13-year extramarital affair. Even though Mr. Cain says the accusations are untrue, as...