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    Psalm 45:1

    "My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."

    Galatians 2:20

    I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.



    Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    3rd President of the United States
    In office
    March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809
    Vice President(s) Aaron Burr (1801–1805),
    George Clinton (1805–1809)
    Preceded by John Adams
    Succeeded by James Madison
    2nd Vice President of the United States
    In office
    March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
    President John Adams
    Preceded by John Adams
    Succeeded by Aaron Burr
    1st United States Secretary of State
    In office
    September 26, 1789 – December 31, 1793
    President George Washington
    Preceded by None
    Succeeded by Edmund Randolph
    Born April 13, 1743
    Shadwell, Virginia
    Died July 4, 1826 (aged 83)
    Charlottesville, Virginia
    Nationality American
    Political party Democratic-Republican, Whig
    Spouse Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
    Occupation Lawyer, Farmer (Planter)
    Religion Deist
    Signature Thomas Jefferson's signature

    Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.–4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806).

    As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. He idealized the independent yeoman farmer as exemplar of the republican virtue, distrusted cities and financiers, and favored states' rights and a strictly limited federal government. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786). He was the eponym of Jeffersonian democracy and the founder and leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, which dominated American politics for a quarter-century. Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781), first United States Secretary of State (1789–1793) and second Vice President (1797–1801).

    A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as an horticulturist, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor, and the founder of the University of Virginia, among other roles. President John F. Kennedy welcomed forty-nine Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962, saying, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."[1]

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