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Thomas, Jefferson

Born: 1743 AD
Died: 1826 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Presidents

1743 – Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743. He is US architect, diplomat, inventor, Democratic-Republican politician, and scholar

1769-1774 – Thomas Jefferson  is a member of House of Burgesses

1775-1776 – He is the Virginia delegate to Continental Congress  

1783-1784 – Once again he is the Virginia delegate to Continental Congress  

1776 – He appointed by Continental Congress as chairman of 5-member committee. He wrote Declaration of Independence

1776 – Signer of Declaration of Independence as delegate from Virginia

1776-1779 – Thomas Jefferson becomes a member of Virginia house of delegates

1779-1781 – He served as Governor of Virginia

1785-1789 – Jefferson served as US ambassador to France

1786 – He drafted Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty

1789-1793 – He becomes the 1st Secretary of State

1797-1801 – Jefferson was elected as Vice-President of US

1797-1815 – President of American Philosophical Society

1801-1809 – He becomes the 3rd president of US

He advocated agrarian republic with decentralized government and safeguarding of civil liberties

1801-1805 – Jefferson halted tribute to Tripolitan pirates and oversaw Tripolitan War

1802 – He wrote "wall of separation" letter to Danbury Baptist Association

1803 – Jefferson bought Louisiana Purchase from France, roughly doubling size of US

1804-1806 – He commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore newly acquired territory

1807 – He signed law banning importation of slaves into US (into effect 1808)

1807 – By releasing only select information for Aaron Burr’s treason trial, established precedent of executive privilege

1807 – To punish Britain and France for seizures of US ships, signed Embargo Act 1807, halting sea trade with all foreign nations

1809 – He signed Non-Intercourse Act 1809, limiting embargo only to trade with Britain and France

1819 – Jefferson founded University of Virginia (chartered 1819, opened 1825)

He invented dumbwaiter and swivel chair

1826 – Jefferson died on the 4th of July, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the same day as John Adams’ death.