Thomas Jefferson

3rd US President

Bio Background

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia. He was a draftsman of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the nation's first secretary of state 1789-94 second vice president 1797-1801 and, as the third president 1801-09, the statesman responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson died in bed at Monticello located near Charlottesville, Virginia on July 4, 1826.

Declaration of Independence

He wrote the Declaration of independence on June 11, 1776 and was because it states that a government exists for the benefit of the people and that "all men are created equal." Adopted by the thirteen American colonies on July 4, 1776, the document is regarded as the best-written statement of individual rights in history.