The Greatest President: Thomas Jefferson<br />Autumn Nicole Thornton<br />Port Orange Elementary<br />2nd Grade, Teacher Ms. Stubbs February 28, 2011<br />
Important Information<br />Born April 13, 1743<br />Died July 4, 1826<br />Married in 1772 to Martha Wayles <br />They had six children together<br />1st U.S. Secretary of State (1790-1793)<br />2nd Vice-President of the United States (1797-1801)<br />3rd President of the United States (1801-1809)<br />Personal <br />Political<br />
Greatest Accomplishment<br />Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. <br />It was ratified on July 4, 1776; which we now recognize as Independence Day.<br />The purpose of this document was to announce our freedom and separation from Great Britain. <br />
Other Notable Accomplishments<br />He began and finished the First Barbary War; the 1st significant over-seas war (1801-1805)<br />He established the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1802<br />He was founder of the University of Virginia in 1819<br />He bought the Louisiana Territory from France; which doubled the size of the United States (known as the Louisiana Purchase)<br />He publicly opposed slavery and drafted several proposals to outlaw slavery. In 1807, he signed a bill that abolished the slave trade.<br />
Interesting Facts <br /><ul><li>Thomas Jefferson was a talented musician. He would play the violin for hours every afternoon.
Thomas Jefferson was the only two-term President who never vetoed a bill.
Thomas Jefferson is the only president to have a unique tombstone that does not speak of his Presidency.
Thomas Jefferson’s signature:</li></li></ul><li>Thomas Jefferson's Tombstone<br />
University of Virginia<br />Classes began in 1825. One of the most influential writers of all time, Edgar Allen Poe, attended this university in 1826.<br />
References<br />Cowdrill, D. (2008, 10 11). The Greatest President: Thomas Jefferson. Retrieved 02 24, 2011, from BUCF: The Official BUCF Blog: http://bucf.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/the-greatest-president-thomas-jefferson/<br />Encyclopedia, C. E. (2010). Thomas Jefferson (6th ed.). Columbus: EBSCO Host.<br /> <br />Song “God Bless the USA”, song by Lee Greenwood<br />