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Thomas Jefferson was the President of the United States. He was born in 1743 in Virginia and on July 4, 1826. He was the third of ten children and up on his father’s 5,000-acre plantation. He studied law at college. Jefferson is frequently as one of the USA’s greatest Presidents. He was also one of its most powerful advocates of personal and envisioned a great “Empire of Liberty”.

Jefferson became a lawyer in 1767 and had a great of books. He was a very eloquent correspondent using the written , but was no public speaker. At the age of 33, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. In the following he labored to make its words a reality in Virginia. Most notably, he wrote a establishing religious freedom, which law in 1786.

Jefferson succeeded Benjamin Franklin as to France in 1785. His sympathy the French Revolution led him into conflict with the of the Federalists. He gradually assumed leadership of the Republicans and became Vice President in 1796. In 1801, he became America’s third President and from 1801 to 1809. He advocated tax cuts and presided the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.

While in Office, Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory France in 1803 and authorized expeditions to explore the west. He also established the University of Virginia and the US Military Academy at West Point. He is by the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and as one of the four sculpted presidents on the Mount Rushmore Memorial. He also on US postage stamps.

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