The Presidents of the USA

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Thomas Jefferson
1801-1809


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birthplace

Goochland County, VA

birthday

April 13

Life

1743-1826

age

OFC:57 , d. 83

party

Democratic-Republican

presidency highlights

Purchase of Louisiana (1803) — Embargo Act (1807)

nickname:

Long Tom,Sage of Monticello

vice-president:

Aaron Burr (1801-1805), George Clinton (1805-1809)
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previous office

2nd Vice President of USA

key background fact:

The principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776)

occupation

Inventor,Lawyer, Architect, etc.

military service

Colonel of Virginia militia (without real military service)

children

6:   1 boy  5 girls

wife:

Martha Wayles Skelton (1772)

height

6' 2.5'' / 1.89 m

higher education

College of William and Mary

religion

unaffiliated Christian

 

quote

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

actions & events

  • 1803 The Louisiana purchase
  • 1804 12th Amendment changed Presidential election
  • 1804-06 Authorized Louis & Clark expedition

economy

  • 1807 Embargo Act forbidding foreign trade in war
  •  Canceled Whiskey Tax.
  • 1809 Non-Intercourse Act repealing the Embargo Act

foreign affairs

  • 1805 Peace Treaty with Tripoli. Piracy stopped.

military activity

  • 1801-05 Naval operation against Tripoli and Barbary pirates

unique facts

  • Probably the most intelligent president.
  • The worst public speaker of all presidents (stage fright.)
  • One of the 2 presidents who signed Decl.of Independence.

interesting

Read & wrote 6 different languages.
He wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he served as president.
Fathered 1 to 6 children by one of his house slaves.

military activity

  • 1801-05 Naval operation against Tripoli and Barbary pirates

Legacy

Probably the most intelligent man ever to occupy the White House. Of broad interests and activity, he exerted an immense influence on the future of the new nation.

Purchased territory

Purchased territory