Jefferson, Thomas  (1743 – 1826)
American Politician. Born at Shadwell, Virignia on April 13, 1743. A Delegate from Virginia and a Vice President and 3rd President of the United States. Prominent in pre-Revolutionary movements; member of the Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776; chairman of the committee that drew up the Declaration of Independence. Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Governor of Virginia 1779-1781; politically active through 1789, when he became Secretary of State of the United States in the Cabinet of President George Washington 1789-1793; elected Vice President of the United States and served under President John Adams 1797-1801; elected President of the United States in 1801; re-elected in 1805 and served until March 3, 1809. Retired to his estate, Monticello, in Virginia; was active in founding the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; died at Monticello on July 4, 1826, the same day John Adams died.

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letter to Mr. Remson (June 22, 1790) Thomas Jefferson
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Fine item. Written by Jefferson as Secretary of State. He inquires about a recent British order in council affecting American shipping.


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letter written as Governor of Virginia (November 16, 1780) Thomas Jefferson
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An interesting historical letter, written as Governor of Virginia during the Revolution. The previous year Jefferson had been elected to succeed Patrick Henry. He made a resourceful and conscientious governor, but his position was rendered difficult by the constitutional limitations upon his authority and the diminution of the state's resources; and he was unwilling, even in time of acute crisis to use means of doubtful legality. This letter refers to his desire to "be perfectly just" and "to lighten the inconveniences" attendant on the requisition of forage for the state militia.


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