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THOMAS JEFFERSON Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia, and died July 4th, 1826 at Monticello. He had many accomplishments during his life. He was most famous for being the main author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. He was also the first secretary of state, vice president, governor of Virginia, as well as founder of the University of Virginia. He practiced law and was elected to the House of Burgesses, the Virginia Legislature, and became a member of the Continental Congress. He was also trade commissioner and U.S. minister to France. He also founded of one of the world’s first two political parties, the Democratic- Republican Party. He was best remembered as a promoter of human rights and was author of the Statue of Virginia for Religious Freedom. He was a public official, historian, statesman, philosopher, and plantation owner. As president, he was famous for his purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803 which greatly increased the size of the United States. He also supported the Lewis and Clark expedition. After his presidency, Jefferson sold many of his books to the government which became a large portion of the Library of Congress. As founder of the University of Virginia, he spearheaded the campaign for its charter, designed its buildings, planned the curriculum, and served as its first teacher. Jefferson was also famous for his death being ironically the same date as John Adams, 50 years after the approval of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was extremely intellectual. Not only did he have the accomplishments above but he was also a musician(played the violin),a writer, and he studied several languages. He was also creative because he was an inventor ; he invented the swivel chair and dumbwaiter. He was moral in that he believed that “all men are created

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