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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 in Albermarle County, Virginia. The drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson succeeded Benjamin Franklin as ambassador to France in 1785. The red-headed Virginian also served as Secretary of State in Washington's Cabinet. Jefferson also served as Vice President under John Adams.

As President, Jefferson signed in 1806 an act that authorized the sponsorship of our contry's first federally funded interstate highway -- the Cumberland Road (more popularly known as the National Road). Jefferson was a strong advocate for westward exploration, always pushing the frontier further and further west.

Jefferson died at his home at Monticello in Charlotteville, Virginia, on July 4, 1826.

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