Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 42. Chapters: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, Madison Hemings, Eston Hemings, Monticello Association, Israel Jefferson, John Wayles Eppes, Frederick Madison Roberts, Randolph Jefferson, Martha Jefferson, Lucy Jefferson Lewis, Martha Jefferson Randolph, John Wayles Jefferson, Walter Beverly Pearson, Peter Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Francis W. Eppes, Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr., George W. Randolph, Jane Randolph Jefferson, Mary Jefferson Eppes, Ancestry of Thomas Jefferson, Dabney S. Carr. Excerpt: Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801-1809). He was an influential Founding Father, and an exponent of Jeffersonian democracy. Jefferson often referred to America as a great "Empire of Liberty" that would promote republicanism. At the beginning of the American Revolution, Jefferson served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia. He then served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779-1781), barely escaping capture by the British in 1781. From mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris, initially as a commissioner to help negotiate commercial treaties. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France. He was the first United States Secretary of State, (1789-1793). During the administration of President George Washington, Jefferson advised against a national bank and the Jay Treaty. With his close friend James Madison he organized the Democratic-Republican Party to oppose Alexander Hamilton's policies, especially his desire to create a national bank. He fought against the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 with the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, where he advocated nullification and secession. Elected president in 1800, he oversaw the Louisiana Purchase (1803), an...
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