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3rd President of the United States
Nicknames: “Man of the People”; “Sage of Monticello”
Born: April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia
Father: Peter Jefferson
Mother: Jane Randolph Jefferson
Married: Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson (1748-1782), on January 1, 1772
Children: Martha Washington Jefferson (1772-1836); Jane Randolph Jefferson (1774-75); infant son (1777); Mary Jefferson (1778-1804); Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1780-81); Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1782-85)
Religion: No formal affiliation
Education: Graduated from College of William and Mary (1762)
Occupation: Lawyer, planter
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1769-74
- Member of Continental Congress, 1775-76
- Governor of Virginia, 1779-81
- Member of Continental Congress, 1783-85
- Minister to France, 1785-89
- Secretary of State, 1790-93 (under Washington)
- Vice President, 1797-1801 (under J. Adams)
Presidential Salary: $25,000/year
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- Secretary of State
- James Madison (1801-1809)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Samuel Dexter (1801)
- Albert Gallatin (1801-09)
- Secretary of War
- Henry Dearborn (1801-1809)
- Attorney General
- Levi Lincoln (1801-04)
- John Breckinridge (1805-06)
- Caesar A. Rodney (1807-09)
- Secretary of the Navy
- Benjamin Stoddert (1801)
- Robert Smith (1801-09)
Supreme Court Appointments:
- Associate Justice
- William Johnson (1804-34)
- Henry Brockholst Livingston (1807-23)
- Thomas Todd (1807-26)
- Supreme Court rules in Marbury v. Madison . Any law passed by Congress can be declared unconstitutional by the courts.
- The Louisiana Territory is purchased from France for $15 million dollars. The price works out to three cents per acre for the 512 million acres.
- The 12th Amendment changes Presidential election rules.
- Jefferson is reelected.
- Meriwether Lewis and William Clark begin exploration of the Northwest.
- Vice President Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton in a duel July 11.
- Congress outlaws importing slaves from Africa, March 2.
- Embargo Act, December 22, forbids American ships to leave American waters.
- Slave importation is outlawed. Yet, another 1/4 million slaves are brought in by 1860.
- Non-Intercourse Act, March 1, repeals the Embargo Act, which didn’t work.
- Thomas Jefferson — from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- Thomas Jefferson — from American Presidents: Life Portraits — C-SPAN
- Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
- Thomas Jefferson — from U.S. Presidents
- From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
- Thomas Jefferson — from From Revolution to Reconstruction
- Biography written by Harrie Scholte Albers for this American Revolution HTML project. Still under construction, but does contain some original material.
- Thomas Jefferson Papers
- Collection of some letters by Jefferson, Inaugural Addresses, State of the Nation Addresses and more by The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
- First Inaugural Address (1801)
- Second Inaugural Address (1805)
- Summary View of the Rights of British America
- Jefferson’s Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
- Indian Addresses (1781-1806)
- Notes on the State of Virginia (1781)
- A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia (1785)
- Jefferson on Separation of Church and State (1802)
- Special Message on the Burr Conspiracy (1807)
- Special Message on Gun-Boats (1807)
- Autobiography (1821)
- Jefferson on Slavery (1829)
- The home of Thomas Jefferson. This site includes tour information, a day in the life of Jefferson, quotations and other facts.
- Mount Rushmore
- Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt stand 60 feet tall.
- Poplar Forest
- Jefferson’s Virginia retreat. Learn the history of the octagonal house and the archaeological discoveries on this 4800-acre plantation.
- Thomas Jefferson Building
- Inscriptions and quotations in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Photographs and floor plans of this building of the Library of Congress are included.
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- A virtual tour of this monument along with the history of its development from the National Park Service.
- Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government
- Quotations fron the writings of Jefferson arranged in a convenient table of contents. Also includes links to other Jefferson sites.
- Jefferson’s Masterpiece
- As founder of the University of Virginia, Jefferson envisioned this Academical Village, but died before its completion. This virtual tour shows off the history of the University.
- Jefferson was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
- Approximately 6,000 books from Jefferson’s private library were purchased for $23,950 to help start the Library of Congress.
- Jefferson was right-handed, but taught himself to write with his left hand.
- Bears brought back from Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition were displayed in cages on the White House lawn. For years the White House was sometimes referred to as the “president’s bear garden.”
- The only presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, Adams and Jefferson both died on its 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826. Adams’ dying words were “Thomas Jefferson survives”. Jefferson, however, had passed on a few hours earlier.
- Jefferson is credited with several inventions, including the swivel chair, a pedometer, a machine to make fiber from hemp, a letter-copying machine, and the lazy susan.
- Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he served as president of the United States.
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