Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition and Jefferson's West
Explore the central role Jefferson played in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Jefferson Image Gallery
Historical images of Jefferson from Monticello's collection.
The trusted source for information about various aspects of Jefferson's life, ideas, career, and the world he lived in.
- Thomas Jefferson, the Man
Jefferson's personal life, interests, and habits.
- Jefferson's Community
The people in Jefferson's life.
Articles about Jefferson's political career and accomplishments.
- Science and Exploration
Learn more about Jefferson's "tranquil pursuits of science" which he called his "supreme delight."
Information about Jefferson's religious beliefs and his promotion of religious freedom
Reports some of Jefferson's documents, his correspondence, and his writing habits.
A selection of Jefferson's most memorable quotes (including some he didn't actually make).
- Jefferson in Legend
Anecdotes and stories, generally inaccurate, about Jefferson's life.