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Thomas Jefferson Fast Facts

Third President of the United States

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Image of Thomas Jefferson by Charles Wilson Peale, 1791.

Thomas Jefferson, 1791

Credit: Library of Congress

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Birth: April 13, 1743

Death: July 4, 1826

Term of Office: March 4, 1801-March 3, 1809

Number of Terms Elected: 2 Terms

First Lady: He was a widower while in office. His wife, Martha Wayles Skelton, died in 1782.

Thomas Jefferson Quote: "The government is best that governs least."
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Major Events While in Office:

  • Tripolitan War (1801-1805)
  • US Military Academy established (1802)
  • Louisiana Purchase (1803)
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
  • Abolition of Slave Trade (1807)
  • Chesapeake Affair (1807)
  • Embargo (1807-1809)

States Entering Union While in Office:

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