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Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born a British subject)
Date of Birth: 1743
Date of Death: 1826
Cause of Death: Several infections in combination with advanced age
Religion: Deist (raised in Episcopalianism)
Occupation: Politician, Political Philosopher, Inventor
Spouse: Martha Jefferson (d. 1782)
Children: Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, Jane Randolph Jefferson (d. 1775), Peter Jefferson (d. 1777), Mary "Polly" Jefferson (d. 1804), Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson I (d. 1781), and Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson II (d. 1784)
Political Party: Democratic-Republican Party
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Victorious Opposition;
The Grapple
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was a founding father of the United States. He authored the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and served as the third President of the United States from 1801-1809, as well as the first Secretary of State (under George Washington) and the second Vice President (under John Adams). During his presidency, he made the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, which very nearly doubled the country's territory. (The Louisiana Purchase contained not just Louisiana, but also the territory which became several other states, including South Dakota).

Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, inventor, and founder of the University of Virginia. He also served as governor of Virginia from 1779-1781 and ambassador to France from 1785-1789 (succeeding Benjamin Franklin).

Thomas Jefferson in Southern VictoryEdit

Following the War of Secession, Thomas Jefferson's status as a Virginian (and more substantively, his insistence on a weak central government) tarnished his memory considerably in the United States. His Northern contemporaries, such as John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, were viewed much more favorably.[1]

Nevertheless, Jefferson joined George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt as the most memorable presidents in US history, though of the four only Roosevelt was viewed in an entirely positive light.[2]

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Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
John Adams
President of the United States
1801-1809
Succeeded by
James Madison
Preceded by
John Adams
Vice President of the United States
1797-1801
Succeeded by
Aaron Burr
Preceded by
John Jay (acting)
Secretary of State for the United States
1790-1793
Succeeded by
Edmund Randolph
Preceded by
Patrick Henry
Governor of Virginia
1779-1781
Succeeded by
William Fleming
Preceded by
Benjamin Franklin
US Minister to France
1785-1789
Succeeded by
William Short
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
None
Democratic-Republican Party Presidential Candidate
1792 (lost), 1796 (lost), 1800 (won), 1804 (won)
Succeeded by
James Madison

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