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5 Fast Facts About Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. His contributions to the country were seemingly endless. While most people know that he was the third President of the United States and one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, his place in history was much more than two accomplishments.


  • Minister to France - Jefferson served as Minister to France during a key period of time when the newly founded country was seeking trade partners to strengthen their standing around the world.


  • Secretary of State - As a continuation of the work that he had done as Minister to France, Jefferson accepted this new role from President George Washington.


  • Vice President - Many people forget that Jefferson served as vice president to John Adams, who he lost a close election to in 1796.


  • Lewis and Clark - As president, Jefferson ordered the famous Lewis and Clark expedition that would help map the unsettled western part of the country.


  • The Farmer - In his business life Jefferson farmed tobacco, wheat, vegetables and even raised livestock