Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

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Life in Brief: Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, spent his childhood roaming the woods and studying his books on a remote plantation in the Virginia Piedmont. Thanks to the prosperity of his father, Jefferson had an excellent educatio… more life in brief »

Essays about Thomas Jefferson

About His Administration

Secretary of State
James Madison (1801–1809)
Secretary of War
Henry Dearborn (1801–1809)

Facts about Thomas Jefferson

3rd President of the United States (1801 – 1809)
April 13, 1743, Shadwell plantation, Goochland County, Virginia
Political Party
July 04, 1826
“Man of the People,” “Sage of Monticello”
College of William and Mary (graduated 1762)
No formal affiliation
January 1, 1772, to Martha Wayles Skelton (1748–1782)
Martha (1772–1836), Jane Randolph (1774–1775), infant son (1777), Mary (1778–1804), Lucy Elizabeth (1780–1781), Lucy Elizabeth (1782–1785)
Lawyer, Planter
Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia

Writings (10 vols., 1892–99), ed. by Paul L. Ford; The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (1950– ), ed. by Julian P. Boyd; Notes on the State of Virginia 1781 (1955), ed. by William Peden; Autobiography (1959), ed. by Dumas Malone

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Peter Onuf

Professor Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His writings include:

Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (University Press of Virginia, 2001)

Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance (Indiana University Press, 1987)

Origins of the Federal Republic: Jurisdictional Controversies in the United States, 1775–1787 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983)

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