Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781). Just after the war ended, ... more »
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''I long to be in the midst of the children, and have more pleasure in their little follies than in the wisdom of the wise.''Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 16, 1801, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jeffe...
All things here appear to me to trudge on in one and the same round: we rise in the morning that we may eat breakfast, dinner and supper and to bed again that we may get up the next morning and do the...Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 20, 1763, to John Page. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 7, ed. Julian P. Boyd...
''Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.''Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, May 5, 1787, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 40, e...
''Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions ... too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.''Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. "A Summary View of the Rights of British America..." (1774). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. ...
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