American philosopher and statesman Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third president of the United States. A man of broad interests and activity, he exerted an immense influence on the political and intellectual life of the new nation. In 2017 historian Gordon S. Wood published the book Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, which recounts Jefferson's famous political and philosophical disagreements with his friend and presidential predecessor, John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell, Virginia, on April 13, 1743. His father had been among the earliest settlers in this wilderness country, and his position of leadership descended to his eldest son, together with 5,000 acres of land.
Jefferson became one of the best-educated Americans of his time. At the...Read more
- April 13, 1743
- July 04, 1826
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