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Definition: Third president of the United States, serving two terms. He was also vice-president under John Adams. He wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was a minister to France and later kept his country out of wars with England and France. Jefferson, along with James Madison, was a leader of the new Democratic-Republican Party. His politics brought him into conflict with Adams and Alexander Hamilton, who were the leaders of the new Federalist Party. Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase and sent Meriwether Lewis and James Clark on their famous visit to the Pacific Ocean. In his personal life, he was a successful inventor, inventing among other things a swivel chair and a wheel cipher, which could be used to send or read coded messages. He also had many interesting inventions at his home, Monticello.

Related Resources:
Thomas Jefferson: Voice of Independence
This article follows Jefferson from boy to man, from lawyer to president.

Thomas Jefferson
Find out more about the great man, what he did, and what he thought.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Biography of Thomas Jefferson
The man and his accomplishments come alive in this fascinating biography.

His Autobiography
He uses some big words sometimes, but he tells his own story and it's great reading!

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