Thomas Jefferson

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
– Jefferson

b. 1743 CE – d. 1826 CE

The third president and a Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th in Virginia.

Jefferson began his public service as a justice of the peace and was chosen as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769 and of every succeeding assembly and convention of the colony until he entered the Continental Congress in 1775.

George Washington, president at the time, ushered a reluctant Jefferson into secretaryship of state in the new federal government.