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Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, foundedthe University of Virginia, was the author of the "Notes on theStates of Virginia", the "The Life and Morals of …Jesus ofNazareth", and the "Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom", was amember of the Continental Congress, a member of the VirginiaLegislature, and wrote the "Necessity of Taking Up Arms," in1775. . He helped Patrick Henry persuade James Madison to make the Billof Rights. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with adegree in law, and was the first secretary of state under GeorgeWashington's first term. He was John Adams' vice-president, and wasPresident from 1801-1809. . In his first term of presidency Jefferson bought the LouisianaPurchase from France, doubling the size of the US. Jefferson sentMeriwether Lewis and William Clark on a quest to find the PacificOcean in 1804-1805. Jefferson also invented the moldboard plow,which was a great improvement on the already standard farming plow;the wheel cipher, and developed his own design on the concept ofthe spherical sundial.
Thomas Jefferson was born, grew up, went to college and died in Virginia. He Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia, and later lived on his estate called Monticello, near Ch…arlottesville.
Before he became president he was a planter, lawyer, writer, philosopher, scientist, and a architect. he was the author of the declaration of independence and he became the th…ird president of the United States in 1801.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was a Virginia planter, politician,and Founding Father of the US. He was the primary author of theDeclaration of Independence in 1776, and the fir…st US ambassador toFrance. He was later elected the 3rd President of the US. He hadsix children with his wife Martha Skelton Jefferson and possiblyfathered one or more of the six children of the slave Betty Hemings(who was 3/4 white and his wife's half-sister).
Thomas Jefferson's presidency initiated the quarter-century rule of the "Virginia Dynasty" (1801-1825), including the presidencies of loyal Jeffersonians James Madison (18…09-1817) and James Monroe (1817-1825). As the center of political gravity shifted southward with the Republican ascendancy, the party gained new strength to the north, progressively marginalizing Federalists as an effective national opposition party. But the founders' fantasy of faction-free politics was not to be fulfilled. Emerging splits among Republicans themselves pitted orthodox, strict constructionist "Old Republicans" against "National Republicans" who favored a more positive and activist (according to critics, Hamiltonian) conception of federal power. Quarrels among Jeffersonian-Republicans foreshadowed the division between Jacksonian Democrats, self-proclaimed legatees of Jeffersonian orthodoxy, and Whigs who promoted a neo-Federalist, National Republican policy agenda while warning against "King Andrew's" dangerous consolidation of authority.
There is NO quote from Thomas Jefferson about asking "honest questions," though a Google search reveals that there are dozens of cases of Glenn Beck claiming this quote exists…. The "honest questions", Beck actually refers to as "honest questioning"-- claiming the quote comes from a letter from Jefferson to his nephew Peter Carr. He first makes this claim in his book "The Real America" on pg 209, where he misquotes Jefferson: "'And above all things,' he wrote, 'when it comes to religion, fix reason firmly in her seat and question everything. Take no man's singular opinion. Question the very existence of God, for if there be a God, He must surely rather honest questioning over blindfolded fear.'" What Jefferson ACTUALLY wrote was this in the letter dater August 10, 1787: "Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=2223 _______________ In the interest of accuracy, I believe the full passage might be helpful to the individual seeking an answer to the question. All need to be aware what is written above is not in the interest of accuracy of the actual quote but, rather, attempts to discredit an individual who used the quote. My sources for this quote are Jefferson's own writings, which are sourced; I could care less about how anyone feels about Beck. However, it appears the nearly 100 people being employed to discredit him are busy little bees - and truth suffers for it. "Religion. Your reason is now mature enough to examine this object. In the first place, divest yourself of all bias in favor of novelty & singularity of opinion. Indulge them in any other subject rather than that of religion. It is too important, and the consequences of error may be too serious. On the other hand, shake off all the fears & servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. You will naturally examine first, the religion of your own country. Read the Bible, then as you would read Livy or Tacitus. The facts which are within the ordinary course of nature, you will believe on the authority of the writer, as you do those of the same kind in Livy & Tacitus. The testimony of the writer weighs in their favor, in one scale, and their not being against the laws of nature, does not weigh against them. But those facts in the Bible which contradict the laws of nature, must be examined with more care, and under a variety of faces. Here you must recur to the pretensions of the writer to inspiration from God. Examine upon what evidence his pretensions are founded, and whether that evidence is so strong, as that its falsehood would be more improbable than a change in the laws of nature, in the case he relates. For example, in the book of Joshua, we are told, the sun stood still several hours. Were we to read that fact in Livy or Tacitus, we should class it with their showers of blood, speaking of statues, beasts, &c. But it is said, that the writer of that book was inspired. Examine, therefore, candidly, what evidence there is of his having been inspired. The pretension is entitled to your inquiry, because millions believe it. On the other hand, you are astronomer enough to know how contrary it is to the law of nature that a body revolving on its axis, as the earth does, should have stopped, should not, by that sudden stoppage, have prostrated animals, trees, buildings, and should after a certain time gave resumed its revolution, & that without a second general prostration. Is this arrest of the earth's motion, or the evidence which affirms it, most within the law of probabilities? You will next read the New Testament. It is the history of a personage called Jesus. Keep in your eye the opposite pretensions: 1, of those who say he was begotten by God, born of a virgin, suspended & reversed the laws of nature at will, & ascended bodily into heaven; and 2, of those who say he was a man of illegitimate birth, of a benevolent heart, enthusiastic mind, who set out without pretensions to divinity, ended in believing them, and was punished capitally for sedition, by being gibbeted, according to the Roman law, which punished the first commission of that offence by whipping, & the second by exile, or death in fureâ. See this law in the Digest Lib. 48. tit. 19. §. 28. 3. & Lipsius Lib 2. de cruce. cap. 2. These questions are examined in the books I have mentioned under the head of religion, & several others. They will assist you in your inquiries, but keep your reason firmly on the watch in reading them all. Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it ends in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise, and the love of others which it will procure you. If you find reason to believe there is a God, a consciousness that you are acting under his eye, & that he approves you, will be a vast additional incitement; if that there be a future state, the hope of a happy existence in that increases the appetite to deserve it; if that Jesus was also a God, you will be comforted by a belief of his aid and love. In fine, I repeat, you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject anything, because any other persons, or description of persons, have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable, not for the rightness, but uprightness of the decision. I forgot to observe, when speaking of the New Testament, that you should read all the histories of Christ, as well of those whom a council of ecclesiastics have decided for us, to be Pseudo-evangelists, as those they named Evangelists. Because these Pseudo-evangelists pretended to inspiration, as much as the others, and you are to judge their pretensions by your own reason, and not by the reason of those ecclesiastics. Most of these are lost. There are some, however, still extant, collected by Fabricius, which I will endeavor to get & send you" ____________ Homage. we can assume, to mean pay special respect or honor, in this case applied to reason. Jefferson, therefore, appears to be telling his nephew to apply reason with care and due diligence. When the passage is viewed in its entirety, one begins to understand he is advising his nephew to view the matter objectively, never to fear the inquiry - which means question. If one cares to read the book (volume 5) or any of the other works published that contain his writings, Internet Archives has them all free. Volume 5, cited here, can be found here: [http://www.archive.org/details/workofjeffer05jeffuoft
As a strict constructionist what did President Thomas Jefferson question the constitutional right to?
Thomas Jefferson questioned the right to buy the Louisiana Purchase .
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, a principle author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. He was also a tobacco …planter and life-long slave owner. President #5 - jeffeRson
Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. He did a lot of things. 1) Bought the Louisiana Territory. 2) Sent Louis and Clark on their expedition. 3) Was g…overnor of VA 4) Was a member of the VA HOUSE OF BURGESSES. 5) Wrote the VA Statute for Religious Freedoms. 6) Was minister to France 7) Wrote the Declaration of Independence. 8) Was Secretary of State under George Washington 8) Was Vice President Under John Adams. There's a lot more.... I know a lot about him because I did a report on him in 4th Grade. Hope this was helpful. Lobsterrolls1971
He was a male who owned many slaves and had sexual intercourse with a few, as biological tests have shown.
President Thomas Jefferson questioned the constitutional right to purchase the Louisiana Territory.
What action did Thomas Jefferson take despite questions about the constitutional provisions allowing it?
President Thomas Jefferson questioned the constitutional right to purchase the Louisiana Territory.
It changes every year. When I took it, one was an ethics question and another was a question on your interest in science. I can't tell you the actual question though, as that …is unethical.
Never!They were 100 years apart and TJ hated slavery.
Thomas Jefferson died on July 4 1826 at the age 0f 83
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, outlining the rights of all people everywhere to be free, and the Constitution of Virginia. He formed the Democratic Pa…rty; he served as the Minister (ambassador) to France; he served as the third President of the United States, during which term, he secured the Louisiana Purchase and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He was also a slave-owning hypocrite who had a long-term affair with one of his slaves.