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Thomas Jefferson

Post by fearlove on Wed May 04, 2011 8:10 am

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826)[1] was the third President of the United States (1801–1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). An influential Founding Father, Jefferson envisioned America as a great "Empire of Liberty" that would promote republicanism.[2]
Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781), barely escaping capture by the British in 1781. [3] Many people were not pleased with his tenure and in the next election he did not win office again in Virginia. [4] From mid-1784[5] through late 1789[6] Jefferson lived outside the United States. He served in Paris initially as a commissioner to help negotiate commercial treaties. In May 1785 he succeeded Benjamin Franklin as the U.S. Minister to France.[7]

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