Third President of the U.S.

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Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. At 17 he entered William and Mary college. He aspired to become a scientist after he enrolled there.


Jefferson's first published work was ''A Summary of The Rights of British America in 1774, in order to stop the political authority of Britain over the colonies. Than two years later he wrote the declaration of independence placing claim on John Locke's principle of natural rights.

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Even though Thomas studied math and science at William and Mary's college he ended up studying law at Williamsburg for two years. Jefferson ended up filling many political roles


One of Thomas Jefferson's most famous quotes is ''Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.''

I interpret this to mean that if you want to be wise than you have to be honest first.


Thomas Jefferson wanted freedom and for the U.S. to be free from political and religious tyranny. He also showed us that we should be educated if you wish to be free.

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''It is easily and often overlooked that when Thomas Jefferson asserted that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were inalienable human rights, he did so on the ground that they had been endowed by God, our Creator.'' -Tom Stoppard.


Jefferson's legacy is that he wrote the Declaration of Independence and that he became the third president of the United States of America. Though the only reason he wrote the Declaration was because John Adams promoted the idea.


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