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Thomas Jefferson

Who was Thomas Jefferson?

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Third President
Thomas Jefferson Lifespan - 1743 -
Place of Birth - April 13, 1743 in Albermarle County, Virginia 

Term as President - 1801-1809
Political Party - Democratic-Republican
Vice President / Vice Presidents - Aaron Burr (1801-5), George Clinton (1805-9)
Religion - Deist
Military Experience - in the military but who saw no action. Was in office during the Tripolitan War, 1800-1805, against the Barbary pirates
Name of Wife - Thomas Jefferson was married to Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson in 1772
Thomas Jefferson Education - William and Mary College - he could read Greek, Latin, French and English
Career - Law, Politician, Statesman
Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1769-74
Member of Continental Congress, 1775-76
Governor of Virginia, 1779-81
Member of Continental Congress, 1783-85
Minister to France, 1785-89
Secretary of State, 1790-93 (under Washington)
Vice President, 1797-1801 (under J. Adams)
Thomas Jefferson
Place of Death - July 4, 1826 in Monticello in Virginia
Next President: President James Madison 

Major events surrounding
President Thomas Jefferson
Barbary Wars (1801-5) - Louisiana Purchase made (1803)
. He drafted the Declaration of Independence

Facts and History of President Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was an extremely well educated man and had a variety of interests ranging from education and science to architecture and music. He was at the forefront of the revolutionary movement in Virginia. As delegate to the Continental Congress, he drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Presidential Trivia

  • Description of President - Height 6 feet 2.5 inches

  • Thomas Jefferson Age at Inauguration - 57 years old
  • He suffered from the following illness : tuberculosis
  • As he aged, his red hair turned sandy, then white
  • Jefferson initiated the custom of a President shaking hands, rather than bowing, to greet guests
  • Thomas Jefferson owned slaves
  • Thomas Jefferson and his friend and sometimes enemy, John Adams , both died on July 4th, 1826. He died a few hours before John Adams
  • Jefferson died at age 84
  • A 60-foot (18 m) sculpture of his head is carved into Mount Rushmore
  • Thomas Jefferson Founded the University of Virginia

President Coin or President Dollar Bill
Presidential Money. The United States has placed likenesses of the Presidents on many types of coins and currency. Thomas Jefferson has appeared on the five cent piece or the nickel since 1938. In 1785 he was appointed minister to France where seed for the French Revolution were being sown. He saw the purchase of Louisiana from France in 1803. 

The President and the Constitution of the USA (17th September,1787)

Information and Facts about any President of America is incomplete without explaining his role in the government of the country. We have therefore included this section regarding the US Constitution. Under the U.S. Constitution the president is the head of state, the commander in chief of the armed forces and is also the chief executive of the federal government.

Article 2, Section 1, this section of the U.S. Constitution sets the requirements to hold office.

  • A natural born citizen of the United States

  • A resident of the United States for 14 years
  • Thirty-five years of age

Term of Office
Following election he, and the Vice President, shall hold his office during the term of four years. ( The twenty-second amendment, which started with the inauguration of Dwight Eisenhower, limits the this to two terms)

President's Executive Oath of Office
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." 
United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 8

Main Presidential Duties

  • Commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States

  • In times of war or national emergency to manage the national economy and protect the security of the United States
  • Nomination of the heads of all executive departments and agencies (Subject to Senate confirmation)
  • Preparing the budget of the United States, although the Congress must approve it.
  • Presidential legislative powers - The status of the country and his legislative proposals for the upcoming year are given in the annual State of the Union Address.

Presidential judicial powers

  • Appointing important public officials such as ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls and judges of the Supreme Court.

  • Granting reprieves and pardons to anyone convicted of breaking a federal law except in a case of impeachment.

Presidential powers in foreign affairs

  • Federal official primarily responsible for the relations of the United States with foreign nations.

  • To make treaties and appoint ambassadors, ministers, and consuls (provided two thirds of the Senators present concur). 
  • To receive foreign ambassadors and other public officials.

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