1743 - 1826Author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia - voiced the aspirations of a new America as not other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosophers, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades. This powerful advocate of liberty was born in 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia. inheriting from his father, a planter and surveyor, some 5,000 acres of land and from his mother, a Randolph, a high social standing. He studied at the College of William and Mary, then read law. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, a widow, and took her to live in his partly constructed mountaintop home in Monticello. Freckled and sandy-haired, rather tall and awkward, Jefferson was eloquent as a correspondent, but he was no public speaker. In the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, he contributed his pen rather than his voice to the patriot cause. As the "silent member" of the Congress, Jefferson at 33, drafted the Declaration of Independence. As a reluctant candidate for President in 1796, Jefferson came within three votes of election. Through a flaw in the Constitution, he became Vice President.
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|Date Added||Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 696089 N 4512767|
|Decimal Degrees||40.74250000, -96.67753333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 44.55', W 96° 40.652'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 44' 33" N, 96° 40' 39.12" W|
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