Thomas Jefferson

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.

Thomas Jefferson, A Brief Biography
A short essay on Jefferson's life and achievements.
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Timeline of Jefferson's Life
The significant public and private events in Jefferson's life.
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Quotations by and about Thomas Jefferson
Search nearly 800 of Thomas Jefferson's most famous quotations (as well as a few he didn't make).
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A Day in the Life of Thomas Jefferson
Experience the range of Jefferson's interests through a typical twenty-four hours of his retirement at Monticello.
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The Louisiana Purchase
A helpful introduction to Jefferson's key role in the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.
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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.

FROM THE THOMAS JEFFERSON ENCYCLOPEDIA

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.
  • Politics
    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."  
  • Religion
    Information about Jefferson's religious beliefs and his promotion of religious freedom  
  • Writings
    Reports some of Jefferson's documents, his correspondence, and his writing habits.  
  • Quotations
    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.