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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

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Did you know that Thomas Jefferson was the third president of America? Did you know that Thomas Jefferson was noted as the main Author of the Declaration of Independence and for his negotiation of the Louisiana Purchase with France which more than doubled the size of the United States?

Fun Fact 1: Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia on April 13, 1743

Fun Fact 2: He grew on a wealthy family farm and had six sisters and three brothers

Fun Fact 3: Thomas Jefferson was 57 years of age when he was inaugurated as the third president of America

Fun Fact 4: During his term of presidency he worked persistently to keep the United States out of the French Napoleonic Wars

Fun Fact 5: Thomas Jefferson was a skilled writer and he could speak five different languages fluently

Fun Fact 6: He wrote the draft copy of the Declaration of Independence, which was edited by the committee. 75% of the text remained unedited this means that Thomas Jefferson was the main author of the Declaration of Independence

Fun Fact 7: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the only two founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence and later went on to become President

Fun Fact 8: He was responsible for overseeing the Louisiana Territory purchase from France in 1803. This more than doubled the land area of the United States

Fun Fact 9: He designed his own home, it was a large mansion which he named Monticello. It was built in Charlottesville, Virginia

Fun Fact 10: He was the first president to introduce the custom of shaking hands to greet his guests rather than bowing

Fun Fact 11: Thomas Jefferson's portrait has been printed on the two dollar bill since 1862

Fun Fact 12: He Married Martha Wayles Skelton in 1772. They had six children but only two survived to adulthood. Martha died after eleven years of marriage but Jefferson never remarried

Fun Fact 13: A sculpture of Thomas Jefferson's head, measuring 60-foot high (18 m) is carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Fun Fact 14: The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819; he considered it be one of his greatest achievements. The University was unique in many ways including the subjects that were taught and the way the students could select them

Fun Fact 15: He died on the same day and within a few hours of John Adams on the 4th July, 1826. He died in Monticello, Virginia

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