Published on April 13, 2010
Thomas Jefferson : Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States Slide 2: As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson. He was the originator of so many of the founding principles of American democracy. Slide 3: Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 Died on July 4, 1826 Slide 4: Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and a source of many other contributions to American culture. Jefferson's interests included archaeology, a discipline then in its infancy. He has sometimes been called the "father of archaeology" in recognition of his role in developing excavation techniques. Slide 5: Jefforson was a great believer in the uniqueness and the potential of the United States and is often classified a forefather of American Exceptionalism. Slide 6: The house, which Jefferson himself designed, was Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia, which included automatic doors, and other convenient devices invented by Jefferson. He founded and designed theUniversity of Virginia. Jefferson's portrait appears on the U.S. $2 bill. : Jefferson's portrait appears on the U.S. $2 bill. Events During his first term as President : Events During his first term as President Land Act of 1800 Louisiana Purchase in 1803, when he used the implied powers to annex a huge foreign territory and all its French and Indian inhabitants. Appointed James Monroe envoy extraordinary to France and sent him to Paris in 1803 to buy the city of New Orleans. Some of Thomas Jefferson Quotes : Some of Thomas Jefferson Quotes A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. Slide 10: A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. Slide 11: Jefferson believed that each individual has "certain inalienable rights". That is, these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away.