Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Who he was:

Lived from April 13, 1743 to July 4, 1826

Founding Father

Primary author of the Declaration of Independence

Virginia Delegate for the 2nd Continental Congress from June 20, 1775 – September 26, 1776

Governor of Virginia from June 1, 1779 – June 3, 1781

Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia November 3, 1783 – May 7, 1784

United States Minister to France from May 17, 1785 – September 26, 1789

1st United States Secretary of State from March 22, 1790 – December 31, 1793

2nd Vice President of the United States from March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801

3rd President of the United States from March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809

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His Words of Wisdom:

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” ~ Summary View of the Rights of British America, 1774

Truth will do well enough if left to shift for herself. She seldom has received much aid from the power of great men to whom she is rarely known & seldom welcome. She has no need of force to procure entrance into the minds of men. Error indeed has often prevailed by the assistance of power or force. Truth is the proper & sufficient antagonist to error.” ~ Notes on Religion, 1776

… and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate ; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.” ~ A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1779

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” ~ to William Stephens Smith, 1787

A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” ~ to James Madison, 1787

It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.” ~ to Francois D’Ivernois, 1795

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” ~ letter to Samuel Kerchevel, 1816

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