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Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson Facts

Born

4/13/1743

Died

7/4/1826

Years Of Service

1801-1809

Spouse

Martha Wayles

Accomplishments

Third President Of the United States

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Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800
Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800
Thomas Jefferson summary: Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States of America. Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia in 1743. He was educated at the College of William and Mary, and he later practiced law while also serving as a magistrate and then a county magistrate. In addition to this, he was also a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. In 1776, while a member in the Continental Congress, Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence. He later returned to his home in Virginia, Monticello, followed by a term as governor between 1779 and 1781. In 1784, he returned to politics, serving as a trade commissioner in France. President George Washington named Jefferson as his secretary of state in 1790. Jefferson made an unsuccessful bid for president in 1796 as the Democratic party’s candidate; he became vice president after losing the election to John Adams.

He beat John Adams in the election of 1800, becoming the third president of the United States of America. During his first term, he was responsible for setting up the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, considerably adding to the size of the country. During his second term, his attempts at remaining neutral in the disagreement between Great Britain and France failed. After his second term, Jefferson returned to Monticello, and at 76 years old, he founded the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson died in 1826 on the date of the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


 

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Jon, 

Has there ever been a time in the history of the United States when the size, scope and reach of the Federal Government was not on the increase?

Sincerely,
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Dear Mike,

Since …

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Letters From Readers - August 2012 American History

Omnipresent Jefferson
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Table of Contents - October 2011 American HistoryThe October 2011 issue of American History features Thomas Jefferson's Bible, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Will Rogers' Tweets and a short history of U.S. debt.
Letter From American History - October 2011Peter Carlson, The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson, from Editorial
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Has the U.S. Federal Government always been expanding?

Jon, 

Has there ever been a time in the history of the United States when the size, scope and reach of the Federal Government was not on the increase?

Sincerely,
Mike Caplanis (a fan)

? ? ?

Dear Mike,

Since …

To Catch a Traitor: John Champe Pursues Benedict ArnoldTo trap Benedict Arnold, Major John Champe pretended to be a turncoat himself
Touring the Erie CanalThe Erie Canal Historical Corridor offers visitors a wealth of historic sites, beautiful scenery, unique shops and excellent restaurants.
April Civil War Times Weider Reader

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Lincoln's best strategist
From the March 2013 issue

On the eve of the Civil War, the U.S. Army's commanding general, Winfield Scott, was just about used up.

Few players on the American scene could stand the old …

The Big SqueezeUnion Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.
Daily Quiz for December 13, 2012This president kept his late wife’s memory alive by hanging her portrait in the private quarters and ordering the staff to place fresh flowers in front of it daily.
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Is Thomas Jefferson complicit in the death of Alexander Hamilton?

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Table of Contents - October 2012 American HistoryThe October 2012 issue of American History features stories on Thomas Jefferson's real attitudes about slavery, the first U.S. oil boom, the modern architecture of Columbus, Ind., and Harry Truman's crusade to stop corrupt war contractors.
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Letters From Readers - August 2012 American History

Omnipresent Jefferson
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Letters From Readers - April 2012 American History

Founding Fakes?
Woody Holton's piece on George Washington's moral journey (February 2012) is too short to prove his thesis. It provided insight into "Father" George's early machinations, but little is presented to show that he became a moral person. What …

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I always enjoy reading articles about my native state of Texas, but I was deeply disappointed by Gregory Curtis' contention in "Lone Star Nation" (October 2011) that "the geography of the state is relatively uniform." Mr. Curtis …

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Interview With Filmmaker Ken BurnsFilmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest project, a history of Prohibition, which airs on PBS in October 2011.
Table of Contents - October 2011 American HistoryThe October 2011 issue of American History features Thomas Jefferson's Bible, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Will Rogers' Tweets and a short history of U.S. debt.
Letter From American History - October 2011Peter Carlson, The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson, from Editorial
Table of Contents - February 2011 American History


Click to subscribe to American History magazine. FEATURES

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Calm Before the Storm: 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, 1861After Virginia's secession in 1861 and the start of the Civil War, General Joseph E. Johnston and his men experienced an idyllic summer in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Book Review: Washington, by Ron ChernowIn Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow has a candid, honest look at the often-mythologized American commander in chief and first president.
Table of Contents - April 2011 American HistoryThe April 2011 issue of American History magazines features articles on Davy Crockett, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Thomas Jefferson, Ellis Island, Babe Ruth, and Noah Webster.

Has the U.S. Federal Government always been expanding?

Jon, 

Has there ever been a time in the history of the United States when the size, scope and reach of the Federal Government was not on the increase?

Sincerely,
Mike Caplanis (a fan)

? ? ?

Dear Mike,

Since …

To Catch a Traitor: John Champe Pursues Benedict ArnoldTo trap Benedict Arnold, Major John Champe pretended to be a turncoat himself
Touring the Erie CanalThe Erie Canal Historical Corridor offers visitors a wealth of historic sites, beautiful scenery, unique shops and excellent restaurants.
April Civil War Times Weider Reader

America's Civil War
Lincoln's best strategist
From the March 2013 issue

On the eve of the Civil War, the U.S. Army's commanding general, Winfield Scott, was just about used up.

Few players on the American scene could stand the old …

The Big SqueezeUnion Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.
Daily Quiz for December 13, 2012This president kept his late wife’s memory alive by hanging her portrait in the private quarters and ordering the staff to place fresh flowers in front of it daily.
'First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty' - A Preview'American Experience: First Freedom - The Fight for Religious Liberty,' premiering Dec. 18 on PBS, is an informative, even-handed examination of why America's founders made religious liberty a basic human right.
MHQ Reader Comments, Winter 2013Readers respond to MHQ's Autumn 2012 issue
Is Thomas Jefferson complicit in the death of Alexander Hamilton?

Is Thomas Jefferson complicit in the death of Alexander Hamilton?  He was no friend of either Burr or Hamilton, and stood to profit regardless of the outcome of the duel – but seems needed the duel to take place.  Could …

Table of Contents - October 2012 American HistoryThe October 2012 issue of American History features stories on Thomas Jefferson's real attitudes about slavery, the first U.S. oil boom, the modern architecture of Columbus, Ind., and Harry Truman's crusade to stop corrupt war contractors.
Table of Contents - August 2012 American HistoryThe August 2012 issue of American History features the story of Brigham Young and his "19th wife," Ann Eliza, who divorced the Mormon Prophet and toured the country speaking out against polygamy. Celebrate the bicentennial of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences, and travel with John Muir through Alaska's Glacier Bay.
Letters From Readers - August 2012 American History

Omnipresent Jefferson
The June 2012 "By the Numbers" section stated that Thomas Jefferson favored a single, seven-year term for the president. However, the article "Power Play" (April 2012), about the Constitutional Convention, made no mention of this. Because Jefferson was …

2012 Spur Award: The Alamo, Well RememberedThe 1836 Battle of the Alamo, immortalized by Texans, also remains in the national memory, thanks to Travis’ line in the sand, Crockett’s death and lesser ‘battles’ that ensued there
MHQ Table of Contents, Spring 2012

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Letters From Readers - April 2012 American History

Founding Fakes?
Woody Holton's piece on George Washington's moral journey (February 2012) is too short to prove his thesis. It provided insight into "Father" George's early machinations, but little is presented to show that he became a moral person. What …

Letters From Readers - December 2011 American History

Messin' With Texas

I always enjoy reading articles about my native state of Texas, but I was deeply disappointed by Gregory Curtis' contention in "Lone Star Nation" (October 2011) that "the geography of the state is relatively uniform." Mr. Curtis …

Military History - November 2011 - Table of ContentsThe November 2011 issue of Military History features stories about 10 Great POW Escapes, the 1801-05 First Barbary War against Mediterranean piracy, lost images of Kaiser Wilhelm's military forces, Polish-American Patriot Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Pancho Villa's brush with motion picture fame, and Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca's lost opportunity at the gates of Rome.
Interview With Filmmaker Ken BurnsFilmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest project, a history of Prohibition, which airs on PBS in October 2011.
Table of Contents - October 2011 American HistoryThe October 2011 issue of American History features Thomas Jefferson's Bible, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Will Rogers' Tweets and a short history of U.S. debt.
Letter From American History - October 2011Peter Carlson, The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson, from Editorial
Table of Contents - February 2011 American History


Click to subscribe to American History magazine. FEATURES

The Confederacy: America's Worst Idea
On the 150th anniversary of secession, can we finally admit the truth about why the South lost the Civil War?
by Stephanie McCurry

Patrick Henry vs. Big …

Irreconcilable DifferencesWinston Groom, author of Vicksburg 1863, explores the reasons the North and South found themselves at war.
Calm Before the Storm: 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, 1861After Virginia's secession in 1861 and the start of the Civil War, General Joseph E. Johnston and his men experienced an idyllic summer in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Book Review: Washington, by Ron ChernowIn Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow has a candid, honest look at the often-mythologized American commander in chief and first president.
Table of Contents - April 2011 American HistoryThe April 2011 issue of American History magazines features articles on Davy Crockett, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Thomas Jefferson, Ellis Island, Babe Ruth, and Noah Webster.

Has the U.S. Federal Government always been expanding?

Jon, 

Has there ever been a time in the history of the United States when the size, scope and reach of the Federal Government was not on the increase?

Sincerely,
Mike Caplanis (a fan)

? ? ?

Dear Mike,

Since …

To Catch a Traitor: John Champe Pursues Benedict ArnoldTo trap Benedict Arnold, Major John Champe pretended to be a turncoat himself
Touring the Erie CanalThe Erie Canal Historical Corridor offers visitors a wealth of historic sites, beautiful scenery, unique shops and excellent restaurants.
April Civil War Times Weider Reader

America's Civil War
Lincoln's best strategist
From the March 2013 issue

On the eve of the Civil War, the U.S. Army's commanding general, Winfield Scott, was just about used up.

Few players on the American scene could stand the old …

The Big SqueezeUnion Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.
Daily Quiz for December 13, 2012This president kept his late wife’s memory alive by hanging her portrait in the private quarters and ordering the staff to place fresh flowers in front of it daily.
'First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty' - A Preview'American Experience: First Freedom - The Fight for Religious Liberty,' premiering Dec. 18 on PBS, is an informative, even-handed examination of why America's founders made religious liberty a basic human right.
MHQ Reader Comments, Winter 2013Readers respond to MHQ's Autumn 2012 issue
Is Thomas Jefferson complicit in the death of Alexander Hamilton?

Is Thomas Jefferson complicit in the death of Alexander Hamilton?  He was no friend of either Burr or Hamilton, and stood to profit regardless of the outcome of the duel – but seems needed the duel to take place.  Could …

Table of Contents - October 2012 American HistoryThe October 2012 issue of American History features stories on Thomas Jefferson's real attitudes about slavery, the first U.S. oil boom, the modern architecture of Columbus, Ind., and Harry Truman's crusade to stop corrupt war contractors.
Table of Contents - August 2012 American HistoryThe August 2012 issue of American History features the story of Brigham Young and his "19th wife," Ann Eliza, who divorced the Mormon Prophet and toured the country speaking out against polygamy. Celebrate the bicentennial of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences, and travel with John Muir through Alaska's Glacier Bay.
Letters From Readers - August 2012 American History

Omnipresent Jefferson
The June 2012 "By the Numbers" section stated that Thomas Jefferson favored a single, seven-year term for the president. However, the article "Power Play" (April 2012), about the Constitutional Convention, made no mention of this. Because Jefferson was …

2012 Spur Award: The Alamo, Well RememberedThe 1836 Battle of the Alamo, immortalized by Texans, also remains in the national memory, thanks to Travis’ line in the sand, Crockett’s death and lesser ‘battles’ that ensued there
MHQ Table of Contents, Spring 2012

  MHQ Home Page

Subscribe to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History today!    

The Spring 2012 issue of MHQ is on newsstands now. You can also visit the HistoryNet store to order your copy today!

FEATURES

Payback

Letters From Readers - April 2012 American History

Founding Fakes?
Woody Holton's piece on George Washington's moral journey (February 2012) is too short to prove his thesis. It provided insight into "Father" George's early machinations, but little is presented to show that he became a moral person. What …

Letters From Readers - December 2011 American History

Messin' With Texas

I always enjoy reading articles about my native state of Texas, but I was deeply disappointed by Gregory Curtis' contention in "Lone Star Nation" (October 2011) that "the geography of the state is relatively uniform." Mr. Curtis …

Military History - November 2011 - Table of ContentsThe November 2011 issue of Military History features stories about 10 Great POW Escapes, the 1801-05 First Barbary War against Mediterranean piracy, lost images of Kaiser Wilhelm's military forces, Polish-American Patriot Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Pancho Villa's brush with motion picture fame, and Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca's lost opportunity at the gates of Rome.
Interview With Filmmaker Ken BurnsFilmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest project, a history of Prohibition, which airs on PBS in October 2011.
Table of Contents - October 2011 American HistoryThe October 2011 issue of American History features Thomas Jefferson's Bible, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Will Rogers' Tweets and a short history of U.S. debt.
Letter From American History - October 2011Peter Carlson, The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson, from Editorial
Table of Contents - February 2011 American History


Click to subscribe to American History magazine. FEATURES

The Confederacy: America's Worst Idea
On the 150th anniversary of secession, can we finally admit the truth about why the South lost the Civil War?
by Stephanie McCurry

Patrick Henry vs. Big …

Irreconcilable DifferencesWinston Groom, author of Vicksburg 1863, explores the reasons the North and South found themselves at war.
Calm Before the Storm: 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, 1861After Virginia's secession in 1861 and the start of the Civil War, General Joseph E. Johnston and his men experienced an idyllic summer in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Book Review: Washington, by Ron ChernowIn Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow has a candid, honest look at the often-mythologized American commander in chief and first president.
Table of Contents - April 2011 American HistoryThe April 2011 issue of American History magazines features articles on Davy Crockett, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Thomas Jefferson, Ellis Island, Babe Ruth, and Noah Webster.

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