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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was a founding father of the _______________________________, the author of the draft of the Declaration of ______________________________________, and the ___________________________________ President of the United States of America. This great man was a long-term legislator, lawyer, diplomat, architect, inventor, scientist, agriculturist, writer, and revolutionary thinker.

Jefferson was ___________________________________ in Virginia on April 13, 1743. Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, ___________________________________. He began practicing law in 1767.

Monticello was the name of the Virginia ___________________________________ that Jefferson designed and lived in most of his life. Jefferson had about 200 ___________________________________ who ran his house and grew ___________________________________ on his farm. In 1772, Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton.

While a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1775, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence (it was amended by ___________________________________ Franklin and others).

In 1776, Jefferson was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Jefferson became the Governor of Virginia in 1779, but resigned (gave up the office), when the ___________________________________ (led by the ___________________________________ Benedict Arnold) invaded Virginia in 1781.

In 1783, Jefferson was elected to Congress (from Virginia). Soon after, President George Washington appointed him the US Minister to France, and then Secretary of State.

In 1796, Jefferson ran for President of the USA, but lost. John Adams won, and Jefferson became ___________________________________ of the USA.

Jefferson was elected President in 1800 (defeating Adams). He was re-elected to a second term in ___________________________________. His Vice-Presidents were Aaron Burr and George Clinton.

As President, Jefferson arranged the ___________________________________ Purchase from France in 1803. In 1804, Jefferson sent Lewis and ___________________________________ to map the newly-acquired land. They returned in 1806 with maps, newly-discovered ___________________________________, and information about ___________________________________ tribes.

Jefferson died at Monticello on ___________________________________, exactly 50 years after the ___________________________________ of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams died later that same day. They were the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who were elected ___________________________________ of the USA.

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