Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 – 4 July 1826) was a drafter of the United States Declaration of Independence and the country’s first secretary of state (1789–94), second vice president (1797–1801), and third president (1801–09). He conducted the Louisiana Purchase.

Long regarded as a leading spokesman for the ideas of the Enlightenment, he has been increasingly criticized for his ownership of a large numbers of slaves and for allegedly being the father of children with his slave Sally Hemings. See the "External links" on criticisms of the existence of the alleged relationship.

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