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Saturday, 14 April 2018

April 13,1743 Third American President Thomas Jefferson Was Born

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.
Previously, he was elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801.

Jefferson entered the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, at age 16 and studied mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy. At age nine, he started studying the natural world as well as three languages: Latin, Greek, and French.

On January 1, 1772, Jefferson married his 23year-old third cousin Martha Wayles Skelton, and the couple had six children together. She was a frequent hostess for Jefferson and managed the large household. Biographer Dumas Malone described the marriage as the happiest period of Jefferson's life. In April, 1781, his daughter Lucy died at age one. A second daughter of that name was born the following year, but she died at age three.

Jefferson was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767. He pursued reforms to slavery. He introduced legislation in 1769 allowing masters to take control over the emancipation of slaves, taking discretion away from the royal Governor and General Court.

Jefferson was an opponent of slavery all his life. Jefferson felt slavery was harmful to both slave and master, but had reservations about releasing unprepared slaves into freedom and advocated gradual emancipation.

Additionally, Jefferson gave his slaves financial and other incentives while also allowing them to grow gardens and raise their own chickens.

In 1819, the 76-year-old Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.
Jefferson invented many small practical devices and improved contemporary inventions, including a revolving book-stand and a "Great Clock" powered by the gravitational pull on cannonballs.

Jefferson was not an outstanding orator and preferred to communicate through writing or remain silent if possible. Instead of delivering his State of the Union addresses himself, Jefferson wrote the annual messages and sent a representative to read them aloud in Congress.

Jefferson had a lifelong interest in linguistics , and could speak, read, and write in a number of languages, including French, Greek, Italian, and German.

Jefferson's unorthodox religious beliefs became an important issue in the 1800 presidential election. Federalists attacked him as an atheist .

As president, Jefferson countered the accusations by praising religion in his inaugural address and attending services at the Capitol.
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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Job Ayuba

After two yrs i was also born
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Endy Edeson

Ayuba; I don't understand. You mean you were born in 1745? That's impossible. 😎

Olajide Olushola

The world is old o. So he married his cousin, is that not incest?
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Mac David Akwueze

Biko Endy Edeson for marrying his cousin, is that not incest?

Yaw Kusi Ofosu Evans

Endy Edeson, you don't need to understand it k. I was even born five years after.
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Endy Edeson

@David; I think it is. If it were to be in some cultures in Nigeria, it would be a big taboo that will require spiritual cleansing. But you know western world live a neutral life. @Evans; You were born in 1748? Wow! I am discussing with my Ancestor . bros abeg na joke ooo 😂
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Yemisi Frank

history is sweet. well-done endy

Aruoture Goodie

We might not call it incense tho cuz d bloodline wasn't from his direct lineage... In d days of old, many ppl practiced it...
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Endy Edeson

@Goodie: Good morning bro, it's quite interesting. In your village or town, is marrying a third cousin or having sex with them considered as taboo?

Aruoture Goodie

I blv so

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