Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826 / Shadwell, Virginia)

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Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781). Just after the war ended, from mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France.

Jefferson was the first United States Secretary of State (1790–1793) serving under President George Washington. With his close friend James Madison he organized the... more »

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  • ''I long to be in the midst of the children, and have more pleasure in their little follies than in the wisdom of the wise.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 16, 1801, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jeffe...
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  • ''Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, May 5, 1787, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 40, e...
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  • ''Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions ... too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. "A Summary View of the Rights of British America..." (1774). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. ...
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  • ''When tempted to do any thing in secret, ask yourself if you would do it in public.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, May 21, 1816, to his grandson, Francis Wayles Eppes. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. ...
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  • ''It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 26, 1801, to his daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson,...
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  • Loljjhbmjv (11/20/2018 4:32:00 PM)

    Fuck you

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  • Goldheart Bird (10/16/2013 7:01:00 PM)

    From Thomas Jefferson's help, we have demarcisy! ! ! And I want to read the Declatation of Independice one day! !

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