The Life of Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, is considered a philosopher more than a politician. Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia.

He was also a husband, father, writer, reader, and many other things.

He is remembered for many things, like the Treaty of Tripoli, the Louisiana Purchase, and writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson is also known as the nation’s first secretary of state and second vice president. He also built and was an architect for the University of Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson was in office for two terms (eight years) as a third president (1801– 1809). During his presidency, he accomplished many things, including:

  • Reducing the national debt by one-half
  • Setting up a peace treaty with Tripoli
  • Banning the importation of slaves
  • Supporting the Louisiana Purchase

On July 4, 1826, he died in Monticello, Virginia, U.S.

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