When John Adams was asked to draft the Declaration of Independence, he famously quipped that it should be Thomas Jefferson, not himself, writing the Declaration. Adams provided three reasons: Jefferson was a Virginian, Adams was “obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular” while Jefferson was “very much otherwise,” and “you [Jefferson] can write ten times better than I [Adams] can.” Seventeen days later Jefferson produced the first draft of what would become one of history’s best-known documents on political philosophy and human rights. The Thomas Jefferson Collection includes Jefferson’s extended treatise describing the just society, Notes on the State of Virginia, his autobiography, and three classic biographical volumes examining the life and legacy of the United States’ third president, and first national mouthpiece.
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Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) was the third president of the United States of America and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He served in the Continental Congress as a representative from Virginia, and was the wartime governor of Virginia. He served as the United States minister to France after the Revolutionary War and was the first secretary of state, under George Washington. He was close friends with James Madison, with whom he cofounded the Democratic-Republican Party in opposition to the Federalist Party. He was elected president in 1800 and oversaw the Louisiana Purchase. A key figure in the Enlightenment and a polymath, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia after his two terms as president. He died a few hours before John Adams, on July 4, 1826, 50 years to the day after the United States officially declared independence.