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Thomas Jefferson Facts and Trivia

Birthday: April 13, 1743
Birthplace: Albemarle County, VA
College or University: William and Mary
Religion: Unitarian (but never joined a church)
Occupation or Profession: Planter - Lawyer
Military Rank: Colonel
Married: Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
Children: Martha Jefferson Randolph, Jane Randolph, a stillborn or unnamed son, Mary Wayles, Lucy Elizabeth, and Lucy Elizabeth again.
President number: 3rd
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Runner Up: Aaron Buur & Charles C. Pickney
Vice President: Aaron Burr (1st term) George Clinton (2nd term)
Age at Inauguration: 57
Served: 1801 - 1809
Number of terms: 2
Other Offices or Commissions: Wrote the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, Minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice-President
Died: July 4, 1826
Age at Death: 83
Place of Burial: Monticello, VA

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became president. The both died on the same day - July 4, 1826 - exactly 50 years after they signed the Declaration.

- Young Jefferson liked to play the violin.

- Jefferson was a shy speaker, but excellent writer.

- John Adams asked Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. Fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed the document. The largest signature was John Hancock.

- Jefferson became the United States' ambassador to France after the Revolutionary War.

- Jefferson served as the first secretary of state under President George Washington.

- Jefferson bought a huge area of land from the French called the Louisiana Purchase that doubled the size of the United States.

- The explorers, Lewis and Clark were sent by Jefferson to explore the west and find a route to the Pacific Ocean.

- Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.

- Jefferson's home in Virginia is called Monticello, which is built on "Tom's Mountain."

- In 1807, explorer Zebulon Pike sent two grizzly bear cubs to Thomas Jefferson as a gift.

- After the War of 1812 - Jefferson sold his personal library of more than 6000 books so that the Library of Congress could be restored. The British destroyed the library by setting fire to the Capital.


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