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Down History Lane: Thomas Jefferson

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As the two conventions move us through the summer, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they did "ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." We will also look at other champions of the Republic.

Today we look at Thomas Jefferson.

He wrote his own epitaph; insisted that nothing else be added.

It reads:

"Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia."


The Virginia Declaration of Rights June 12, 1776.

Read it through, it will ring with freedom, it will ring familiar.

Jefferson Biography.

Autobiography by Thomas Jefferson 1743 -- 1790.

Jefferson's Notes on Independence Composition.

Monticello.

By the way, this Universal Man who gave so much when so much was needed, died in debt.

What an incredible debt we owe him!

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