|Thomas Jefferson was the President of the United States.
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Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential of the United States' Founding Fathers. His portrait graces the US two-dollar bill and nickel.
As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France.
Jefferson supported states' rights, limited federal government power, and separation of church and state.
He believed that every American was entitled to an education adequate enough to give a person the skills and abilities needed to vote. Beyond that, he believed, should be determined on a person-by-person basis. Not everyone is suited to a college education.
Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781), first United States Secretary of State (1789–1793) and second Vice President (1797–1801).
Jefferson was a man who wore many hats including horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor, and founder of the University of Virginia.
Jefferson died on the Fourth of July, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. He died a few hours before John Adams. There are stories that while Adams lay dying, he spoke of Thomas, unaware that Jefferson had already passed away.
Thomas Jefferson's alma mater was the College of William and Mary.
From the pen of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
--Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."
--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.
Because of the controversies that have arisen in regard to Jefferson's possible relationship with the slave Sally Hemings, which dates back to blatant accusations during his lifetime, several scientific teams have attempted to validate common DNA among descendants. The uncertainty of the paternity of these children is still a subject of discussion and research. For that reason, his relationship with them is listed as Uncertain on WikiTree.
Wikipedia site for more information here.
Jefferson's Y-DNA is of the type found in Haplogroup T (formerly K2) and is considered fairly rare according to the same article. You may read more about Haplogroup T here.
More DNA information for Thomas Jefferson and other famous people is available on the Wikipedia link here.
Thomas Jefferson's oldest known ancestors can be accessed by using the WikiTree.Widget.
Twenty-six U.S. states have named counties in President Jefferson's honor: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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