Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the third president and a founder of one of the original political parties, the Democratic-Republican Party. He wrote the Declaration of Independence and bought the Louisiana Territory.

Thomas Jefferson: Voice of Independence
Jefferson was many things. He was a hero to many and a villain to some. He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence and many other important documents and decisions in the history of the U.S. Find out more about the nation's third president.

White House Biography
From the official White House site

The History of the Presidential Election
EVERY election, from George Washington to the present. Which political parties have come and gone? Who has been elected more times than anybody else? Who were the "Know-Nothings"? All these and more are answered in this expansive yet easy-to-read article.

Thomas Jefferson and His Inventions
Jefferson was a tremendous inventor. His home, Monticello, is evidence of this. Find out about the many patents he held.

Thomas Jefferson on Slavery
Find out what Jefferson thought about slaves and slavery.

Thomas Jefferson Quotations
One of the best ways to understand a famous person is to read the very words that person spoke.
Jefferson's Bill for Religious Freedom
Religious freedom was extremely important to Thomas Jefferson, as this proposal shows.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers
The Library of Congress has thousands of papers written by the great Jefferson. You can read most of them here.

Take a virtual tour of Monticello, the famous house that Jefferson designed, refined, and lived in for most of his life.

The Jefferson Bible
See how Jefferson viewed the Bible.

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