Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!
April 13th

Thomas Jefferson was an author, historian, and philosopher.  He wrote the Declaration of Independence, was the third president of the United States, founded the University of Virginia, and served his country for over five decades.

In 1776, as a member of the Continental Congress, he was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence, which has been highly regarded as a charter of liberties ever since then.  The document asserts that all men are created equal in rights. Amongst his notable achievements were his purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803 and his support of the Lewis and Clark expedition while in office.

Thomas Jefferson was a polymath who spoke five languages and was deeply intrigued with science, religion, and philosophy, which led him to assist in fathering the University of Virginia. The university currently has 21,000 students on campus; and since the U.S. News & World Report Rankings began a separate list of the top 50 public universities, University of Virginia has never been ranked lower than number two.  The University is currently ranked the 2nd Best Public University, tied with UCLA. Throughout the history of the U.S. News Rankings, the University of Virginia has never dropped out of the top 25 listing of all public and private universities.

Thomas Jefferson expressed his hopes of a new America like no other individual of his era and he is considered a leader of the enlightenment. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. He was 83 years old and the holder of large debts, but on all accounts a very optimistic man. It was his wish that he be remembered for the things that he had given people, and not the things that had been given to him.

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