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 significant contributions as a diplomat, Vice President, and the Secretary of State.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

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

This quote encapsulates Jefferson’s deep commitment to liberty and human rights.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

Jefferson's vision shaped the United States' principles of liberty and self-governance. As president, he oversaw the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the nation, and he sent the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore this new territory. His influence extended to numerous areas, including architecture, philosophy, and education, founding the University of Virginia.