Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743 d. 1826) was the third president of the United States, from 1801 to 1809.

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He was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and a source of many other contributions to American culture. Achievements of his presidency include the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Louisiana Purchase.

His home in Virginia was Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia, and he help to found the University of Virginia.

Jefferson's ideal for the United States was that of a agricultural nation of yeoman farmers in contrast to the vision of Alexander Hamilton who envisioned a nation of commerce and manufacturing.

Some quotes from Jefferson on

Deism are available on the Wikipedia page Jefferson on Deism

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