Thomas Jefferson - (1743 - 1826)

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Thomas Jefferson Biography

Thomas Jefferson was born on the second day of April, O. S. 1743, ( April 13, 1743) at a place called Shadwell, in the county of Albermarle, and state of Virginia, a short distance from Monticello. His family were among the earliest emigrants from England. They sustained an honorable standing in the territory in which they resided, and lived in circumstances of considerable affluence. His father, Peter Jefferson, was much known in the province, as a gentleman of considerable scientific attainments, and more than ordinary firmness and integrity. It was probably in consequence of these qualifications, that he was selected as one of the commissioners appointed to the delicate and responsible task of determining the division line between Virginia and North Carolina. On the decease of the father, the son inherited from him an extensive and valuable estate.

Of the early incidents in the life of Thomas Jefferson, but little is known. He was entered, while yet a youth, a student in the
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Thomas Jefferson Genealogy

Peter Jefferson (1707 - 1757)
Jane Randolph Jefferson (1720 - 1776)

Martha Wayles Jefferson (1748 - 1782)

Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772 - 1836)
Jane Randolph Jefferson (1774 - 1775)
Son Jefferson (1777 - 1777)
Mary Jefferson Eppes (1778 - 1804)
Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1780 - 1781)
Thomas C Woodson (1784 - 1876)
Madison Hemings (1805 - 1877)
Eston Hemings Jefferson (1808 - 1856)

Mary Jefferson Bolling (1741 - 1817)
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Martha Jefferson Carr (1746 - 1811)
Lucy Jefferson Lewis (1752 - 1811)
Lucy Jefferson Lewis (1752 - 1784)

Thomas Jefferson Tivia

Thomas Jefferson was considered the primary author of the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson was the Third President of the United States
Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1826
Thomas Jefferson was fluent in seven languages including Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and German
Thomas Jefferson sold his book collection to Congress to be used as the beginning of the Library of Congress
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1743 04/13   Birth of Thomas Jefferson
1826 07/04   Death of Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson - Mini Biography

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Excerpt from the History Channel's The Presidents series featuring Thomas Jefferson.

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Biography for Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Biography for Thomas Jefferson
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A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom 1779/06/18
Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that1 Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making
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Letter to William Stephens Smith 1787/11/13
Letter written by Thomas Jefferson on November 13, 1787 to William Stephens Smith, contains the famous line, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
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Wise Quotes From our Founding Fathers

Does it seem as though we are relying more and more on past personalities and their comments to give us sage advice instead of developing our own morality and intellect? Who determines what is a wise quote, a funny quote or even any comment that should be immortalized by the ages?

American Morality - A Glimmer of Hope on the Horizon

Has the United States lost it's basic principle of morality? Has the United States moved away from the guiding principles that this country was founded on?

I Am America

This text is written from the point of view, that if the land of America could talk, what it may say to the people, telling them of the freedom that can be had in America. Quotes from some of the greatest men that this nation has ever known. The great diversity that is this great nation. Telling people that they have gone to sleep and that they do not recognize how great the Constitution is as a living document. The land is telling the people that they are the power and that the government is there servant not their master, and reminding the people how far we have moved from this place.

Thomas Jefferson - Author of the Declaration of Independence

When we think of Thomas Jefferson we remember him as one of Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence. In addition to the weight of the responsibility in being the principal author of such a great document, he also went on to do so much more for us all. His leadership in Presidency, Ambassador to France and other political avenues paved the way for our nation to succeed. If you're interested to learn about his life, obstacles and accomplishments read on.

Samuel Adams - Dissident Founding Father

If you had to pick one founding father who was the most dissident, rabble-rousing patriot, it would have to be Samuel Adams. Without him, U.S. citizens would probably still be paying taxes to buy down England's war debts.

Thomas Jefferson Is Rightly Remembered As a Great Founding Father

Every school child is imbued with a history of the American Revolution that glorifies the great accomplishments, political, military and social, of the famous founding fathers. We learn that George Washington; the Father of the United States was a great military leader, farmer, politician and stoic face of the revolutionary movement. Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, publisher, diplomat, self-made millionaire and audaciously wise man. John Adams was a wonderful raconteur, writer, philosopher and brave leader.

American Revolution and War for Independence

This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical material published in the United States. The process that took place before and during the 1776-1783 period when 13 British colonies' aspiration for independence broke out into the so-called War

Democracy or Republic?

Despite clear historical evidence showing that the United States was established as a republic and not a democracy, there is still confusion regarding the difference between these two very different systems of government.  Some confusion stems because the word “democracy” is used to describe both a "type" and a "form" of government.

The History of Government and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Let's take a look at several thousand years of governmental disarmament of the populace. Of course all the while, the rulers, their guards and armies remained armed.

"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" - But In Current Textbooks the Context of These Words is Deleted

While I didn't write or compile this mountain of support information, I would ask you offer a humble prayer of thanks for that man or woman who did. Now it my/our privilege to offer free~reprint rights to others who dare to share the truth. Respectifully ,Russ Miles

Continental Association created by the Articles of Association

The Continental Association, often known simply as the “Association“, was a system created by the First Continental Congress on October 20, 1774, for implementing a trade boycott with Great Britain. Congress hoped that by imposing economic sanctions, Great Britain would be pressured to redress the grievances of the colonies, and in particular repeal the Intolerable Acts passed by the British Parliament. The Association aimed to alter Britain’s

Thomas Jefferson - thoughts on Judiciary

Jefferson sees the Judiciary Branch of the government as a means for the downfall of the republic.

A Short Interview With Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most interesting and amazing figures of the American colonial period. This is a fantasy interview with him, designed to entertain and enlighten.

Our Founding Fathers Were Everyday Leaders

It's the fourth of July weekend and I am thinking about the leaders that led to us celebrating this holiday 235 years later. When we think about those men and women we think of them as great leaders...Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams...and they were. But they were also ordinary people. They worked hard as farmers, they were business entrepreneurs and they leveraged their individual creativity. They had family problems, got enmeshed in small town politics and had their "buttons pushed," just like the rest of us.

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Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776
Quoted Document: Declaration of Independence

Quote 1294 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1294 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1294 The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves in all cases to which they think themselves competent (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved), or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.

Thomas Jefferson: to John Cartwright, 1824

Quote 1293 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1293 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1293 [It is] the people, to whom all authority belongs.

Thomas Jefferson: to Spencer Roane, 1821

Quote 1295 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1295 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1295 We think experience has proved it safer for the mass of individuals composing the society to reserve to themselves personally the exercise of all rightful powers to which they are competent and to delegate those to which they are not competent to deputies named and removable for unfaithful conduct by themselves immediately.

Thomas Jefferson: to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816

Quote 1297 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1297 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1297 I consider the people who constitute a society or nation as the source of all authority in that nation; as free to transact their common concerns by any agents they think proper; to change these agents individually, or the organization of them in form or function whenever they please; that all the acts done by these agents under the authority of the nation are the acts of the nation, are obligatory on them and enure to their use, and can in no wise be annulled of affected by any change in the form of the government or of the persons administering it.

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