Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson


Nationality: American

Historical Period: The 18th Century

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), a Virginian, was the author of the American Declaration of Independence (1776), an active participant in the Revolution, Governor of Virginia (1779), member of Congress, Minister to France, Secretary of State under President Washington, and president of the United States (1800). He was a polymath who wrote on and was knowledgeable about science, architecture, music, agriculture, law, education, geography, and music.

See the Liberty Matters online discussion on Understanding Jefferson: Slavery, Race, and the Declaration of Independence

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