Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams

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Wildside Press LLC, Mar 1, 2009 - Literary Collections - 536 pages
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Volume 2 in the collected messages and papers of the Presidents, as prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing, of the House and Senate.
 

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Contents

Section 1
438
Section 2
444
Section 3
450
Section 4
481
Section 5
505
Section 6
523
Section 7
523
Section 8
531
Section 15
572
Section 16
585
Section 17
601
Section 18
617
Section 19
617
Section 20
633
Section 21
633
Section 22
649

Section 9
536
Section 10
547
Section 11
563
Section 12
569
Section 13
571
Section 14
571
Section 23
649
Section 24
761
Section 25
856
Section 26
857
Section 27
864
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Politician, philosopher, farmer, architect, and author, Jefferson was born to Peter and Jane Randolph Jefferson on April 13, 1743, in Tuckahoe, Virginia. As Jefferson observed in his autobiography, his parents could "trace their pedigree far back in England and Scotland." At the age of 16, Thomas Jefferson entered William and Mary College; at age 24, Jefferson was admitted to the bar; at 25, he was elected to the Virginia Assembly. Renowned for his political contributions to the American colonies, and later, to the embryonic Republic, Jefferson published in 1774 A Summary View of the Rights of British America, celebrating the inalienable natural rights claimed by the colonialists. In 1775 Jefferson was elected to the Continental Congress; in 1776 he joined the five-person committee responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence---a document that is widely regarded as being largely Jefferson's own work. In 1779 Jefferson was elected governor of the state of Virginia, and in subsequent years he distinguished himself both as a cosmopolitan international politician and as a man committed to the future of Virginia. In 1789 he was appointed U.S. secretary of state, in 1797 he served as vice president under President John Adams, and in 1801 he was elected third president of the United States. Jefferson's literary career was no less stellar than his political accomplishments. He authored tracts and books on such diverse subjects as gardening, the life of Jesus, the history of Virginia, and the practices of farming. The precise descriptions of nature that inform his Notes on the State of Virginia (1787) are frequently credited with foreshadowing the Hudson River school of aesthetics. Thomas Jefferson died on the fourth of July. His grave marker, engraved with words of his own choosing, states, "Here lies Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia.

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