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THOMAS JEFFERSON 1801-1809 Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Jefferson was known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Jefferson was also a diplomat, an architect, a musician, a scientist and an inventor; Jefferson was an advocate for the public school system. Education was very important to him. Jefferson founded the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He designed it, planned it, and …

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…Jefferson had taken what was merely a national struggle, the American struggle for independence and cast it in rhetoric that made it a human struggle. And by doing so, he sowed the seeds of the end of the peculiar institution of slavery. Thomas Jefferson should be remembered as the man who started to break down the process of slavery. He also did a lot more for our country than any other person of his time.