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BC: Citation: "Thomas Jefferson." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2010. Web. 29 Sept. 2010. Pictures Courtesy of Yahoo Images

FC: Thomas Jefferson | By: Louanne Tucei 2B

1: Thomas Jefferson By: Louanne

2: Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia. He graduated from William and Mary in 1762. Jefferson practiced law, married Martha Wayles Skelton on January 1, 1772, began the construction of his mansion at Monticello, and served as a magistrate, county lieutenant, and member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. Also, Thomas was the third President.

3: Thomas Jefferson was governor in 1779. He was in office when VA was invaded by the British in 1780 and 1781. Thomas was blamed for Virginia's lack of ability to defend itself, even though he had little authority given to him to act. | Jefferson's term ended in 1781 and he was cleared of all charges of dereliction of duty by a legislative inquiry. Thomas was so embarrassed that he retired from public life. He stayed at the Monticello, but when his wife died in September 1782 he sought escape from his grief through work.

4: Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. It was official on July 4, 1776. It stated that all people are to be treated equal and a government exists to improve the quality of life of their citizens. Thomas died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

5: During TJ's first term of office he reduced the national debt, cut taxes, and sought to reduce the power of the Federalist-dominated judiciary. He also bought the Louisiana Purchase. Then he was reelected as President. His second term was his efforts to protect American neutral trade rights as warring England and France both established naval blockades against each other. | Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. 1801–1809

6: With Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, all men are granted life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It applies to today because we are granted those unalienable rights to an extent.

7: THOMAS jEFFERSON ALSO AUTHORED THE vIRGINIA sTATUE OF rELIGIOUS fREEDOM. It supported the separation of church and state. God can be in school but is not mandatory.

8: Thomas Jefferson spent a lot of time with James Madison. They were really good friends.

9: Thomas Jefferson died shortly after noon and just a few hours before Adams.

10: A bitter rivalry began between Jefferson and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, which led to the formation of two major political parties in America: the Democratic-Republicans and the Federalists. It all began after Jefferson served as Secretary of State.

11: Jefferson established the University of Virginia.

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