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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson was America's 3rd president, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers.

Presidential Facts

  • At age 33, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming that all men are equal in rights, regardless of birth, wealth, or status, and that the government is the servant, not the master, of the people.
  • Jefferson served as secretary of state under President George Washington and was vice president to John Adams after losing to him by three electoral votes.
  • Jefferson and John Adams were the only presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence.

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Thomas Jefferson