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He authorized the Lewis and Clark expedition--an expedition which explored the land the U.S. obtained through the Louisiana Purchase.
He was the first president elected by the House of Representatives.
He wanted to be remembered not for his presidency, but for the roles he played in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and the University of Virginia.


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Thomas Jefferson
(April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Martha "Patsy" Randolph, daughter
Wife's Maiden Name: Martha Wayles Skelton
Number of Children: 5
Education Level: College
School Attended: College of William and Mary
Religion: Deism
Profession: Lawyer

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1801 - 3/3/1809
Presidency Number: 3
Number of Terms: 2
Why Presidency Ended: End of 2nd Term
Party: Democratic-Republican
His Vice President(s): Aaron Burr, George Clinton
Vice President For: John Adams (1797-1801)
Cabinet Service: Secretary of State (George Washington, 1790-1793)
Governor of a State: VA (1779-1781)
Colonial Government: House of Burgesses (1769-1774), Continental Congress (1783-1784)
Other Offices: Minister to France; Virginia Continental Congress; Virginia House of Delegates
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Shadwell
Gravesite: Monticello
Other Sites: The Jefferson Memorial

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Programming includes:

Thomas Jefferson Life Portrait: From Monticello - Charlottesville, VA
Guests included: Dan Jordan, president, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation; Andrew Burstein, author, The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist; Annette Gordon-Reed, author, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy;  Fraser Neiman, archaeology director, Monticello; Cinder Stanton, research historian, Monticello; and Dianna Swann-Wright, special programs director, Monticello  Watch | Order Videotape
Online chat with Cinder Stanton, senior research historian, Monticello Read the Transcript
Jefferson biographical vignette Watch

Travis McDonald on Jefferson's Poplar Forest retreat Watch
Booknotes with Willard Sterne Randall, Thomas Jefferson: A Life Watch
Fraser Neiman on Monticello archeology Watch

Jefferson impersonator, Bill Baker Watch
Peter Drummy on Jefferson's collections Watch

Panel on Jefferson and Sally Hemmings Watch
David Adler, author, A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson Watch
Garrett Sheldon, author, What Would Jefferson Say? Watch

  Booknotes with Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings Watch

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