Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thomas Jefferson Birthday

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743.

"Thomas Jefferson, a spokesman for democracy, was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801–1809)." https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/thomasjefferson

"As a member of the Continental Congress, he was chosen in 1776 to draft the Declaration of Independence, which has been regarded ever since as a charter of American and universal liberties. The document proclaims that all men are equal in rights, regardless of birth, wealth, or status, and that the government is the servant, not the master, of the people." https://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/thomas-jefferson-brief-biography

"The Declaration of Independence, which explained why the 13 colonies wanted to be free of British rule and also detailed the importance of individual rights and freedoms, was adopted on July 4, 1776." http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/thomas-jefferson

Read the inspirational declaration here http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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