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What did Thomas Jefferson do?

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Thomas Jefferson did many things including sitting as the third president of the United States. Jefferson also authored the Declaration of Independence.

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Thomas Jefferson, born on April 13, 1743, served America in various ways during his lifetime. An avid supporter of liberty, Jefferson studied law at the College of William and Mary. After college, he went on to become a member of the Continental Congress where he was recruited to draft one of the country's most important documents in 1776, the Declaration of Independence. He left congress that same year and went on to serve in the Virginia State Legislature.

In 1790, Jefferson became secretary of state and in 1796, he became vice president. In 1801, Jefferson became president of the United States and served in this position until 1809. During his time as president, he purchased the Louisiana Territory and reduced national debt by a great amount.

After his two terms in presidency, Jefferson continued to make contributions to the United States. He established the University of Virginia and construction began in 1817. The university officially opened to students on March 7, 1825.

Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 at the age of 83. His death occurred exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted.

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