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Thomas Jefferson 3rd US president
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people
They are the only sure reliance for the
preservation of our liberty!"
"I believe that every human mind
feels pleasure in doing good to another."
"...To give to every citizen the information he needs ...
To improve by reading, his morals and faculties;
to understand his duties to his neighbors and country,...
Thomas Jefferson's father
was Peter Jefferson
He grew up in
Goochland County, Virginia
Very early Thomas Jefferson
began studying Latin,
Greek, French and Nature
He learned to ride horses.
He attended the College of
William and Mary.
1743 - 1826
born at Shadwell, Virginia
His father was planter
Jefferson lived and died
Thomas Jefferson was the third President|
of the United States
When Jefferson was young he practiced law and served in local government as a magistrate, county lieutenant, and member of the House of Burgesses. As a member of the Continental Congress, he was chosen in 1776 to draft the Declaration of Independence, Having inherited a considerable landed estate and slaves from his father, Jefferson began building Monticello when he was twenty-six years old. Three years later, he married Martha Wayles Skelton. In their happy ten year marriages they had six children, but only two survived. After the death of his wife Jefferson never remarried.
Thomas Jefferson worked with helping to ratify the Constitution through the writing
of essys in the "Federalist".
His ideas influenced the US Bill of Rights.
Jefferson public service included being Benjamin Franklin's successor as minister.
1790 he became secretary of state under his friend George Washington.
1796, he became vice-president after losing to John Adams. 1801, he defeated Adams and became president. In his first term he supported the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, helped Lewis and Clark with their expedition to the West.
After his second term as president Jefferson was happy to see his friend James Madison as the new US president.
Thomas Jefferson loved and appreciated Nature:|
"The earth belongs to the living... The soil is the gift of God to the living."
"I never before knew the full value of trees...
What would I not give that the trees planted nearest round the house at Monticello were full grown."
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson met in 1776|
while serving as members of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia
Think about: A lot of the freedom
Americans have faced in their country is based on the thoughts and work of Thomas Jefferson
Who has lived over 200 years ago!
"We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness!"
Missing education is the most pervasive threat to the Earth today.|
We have tried to give you a little glimpse of one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.
He was part of the "Age of Enlightenment", believed in the Laws of Nature", was part of a time when knowledge and understanding was highest priority!
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