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  • Thomas Jefferson
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  • Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) . Was a leading Founding Father of the United States. The author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and served as the third President of the US (1801-1809).
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  • Jefferson was a committed Republican – arguing passionately for liberty, democracy and devolved power. Jefferson also wrote the statue for Religious Freedom in 1777 – it was adopted by the state of Virginia in 1786.
  • Enthusiastic student
  • Jefferson was also a noted polymath with wide ranging interests from architecture, to gardening, philosophy, literature and education. Although a slave owner himself, Jefferson sought to introduce a bill (1800) to end slavery in all Western territories.
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  • As President, he signed a bill to ban the importation of slaves into the US (1807). Jefferson was born to a materially prosperous family in Shadwell, Goochland County, Virginia. He father Peter Jefferson was a land and slave owner in Virginia. When his father later died in 1745, Jefferson inherited 5,000 acres including Monticello.
  • As a young child Thomas Jefferson was an enthusiastic student, often spending up to 15 hours a day studying. He was to retain a life long interest in reading. He had both a keen intellect and also a wide range of interests. His interests ranged from philosophy and architecture to the natural sciences.
  • At the age of 16 he entered the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, and two years later he graduated with the highest honours. After leaving college he became a lawyer and later served in the Virginian state Burgess.
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