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Photograph of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Information

Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was the author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states (1743-1826).

Jefferson Memorial

"We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race. The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self - government." - Thomas Jefferson

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