Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) WHO HE WAS: Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. An advocate of democracy, individual rights, and education, Jefferson also made

State of the Union

State of the Union

The US President’s State of the Union address has a long and intriguing history. When George Washington delivered the first “annual message to Congress”—as it was known in his day—in January 1790, he was fulfilling his Constitutional duty. Article II. Section. 3. of the nation’s founding document states: [The President] shall from time to time

George Washington: Farewell Address

George Washington Signature

In early 1796, President George Washington decided not to seek election to a third term as United States president. Later that year, his 32-page farewell address appeared in Philadelphia’s American Daily Advertiser. The outgoing president Washington urged Americans to avoid excessive political party spirit, geographical distinctions, and entanglements with foreign nations—issues that resonate today. President George Washington: Farewell

James K. Polk

James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States

James K. Polk (1795-1849) WHO HE WAS: James Knox Polk, the 11th President of the United States, was a leader whose vision of Manifest Destiny expanded the nation’s borders to the Pacific Ocean. Polk, born in North Carolina and a political protégé of Andrew Jackson, served as the Speaker of the House and Governor of

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) WHO HE WAS: John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. Son of the second president, John Adams, his career was distinguished by his roles as diplomat, Senator, and as a leading advocate for national infrastructure projects and

James Monroe

James Monroe, Architect of the Monroe Doctrine

James Monroe (1758-1831) WHO HE WAS: James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States, serving from 1817 to 1825. Before his presidency, Monroe was a statesman, lawyer, diplomat, and founding father who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and the formative years of the United States. WHAT HE SAID: “The best