Philip Porter from Mt. Kisco, New York, writes:|
Thomas Jefferson is a real American hero because of the many things he did. He doubled the size of the United States when he purchased the Louisiana Territory. Spain had planned to turn all of the Louisiana Territory over to France.
What if France had stopped our ships from using the Mississippi River? President Jefferson signed a treaty with France and bought 828,000 square miles for $15 million dollars. On December 20, 1803, the Senate ratified the treaty and the U.S. purchased the entire Louisiana Territory.
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
Revered as the author of the Declaration of Independence yet condemned as a slave owner, Thomas Jefferson has entered a new era of controversy. Jefferson was a young man from the Virginia wilderness, transformed by the philosophical fire of the American Revolution. Torn between his career and
family life at Monticello, he suffered heartrending personal loss even as he was formulating brilliant ideas about democratic government.|
Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743, in Shadewell, Virginia. He married Martha Skelton on January 1 1772.(There are no known pictures of Martha Skelton Jefferson.) They had one son and two daughters. Jefferson was in office from 1801 through 1809. He died July 4, 1826 and was buried in Montecello, Virginia.
Visit the award winning web site created by the Library of Congress called the American Memory Project.
They have archived online the Thomas Jefferson Papers. The papers document Thomas Jefferson's life, 1743 - 1826: Virginia governor, secretary of state, president, and founder of the University of
Virginia. 27,000 documents from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress are digitized and available online. This web site also includes
a timeline of Jefferson's life