Thomas Jefferson Fast Facts

Third President of the United States

Image of Thomas Jefferson by Charles Wilson Peale, 1791.
Thomas Jefferson, 1791. Credit: Library of Congress

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April 13, 1743


July 4, 1826

Term of Office:

March 4, 1801-March 3, 1809

Number of Terms Elected:

2 Terms

First Lady:

He was a widower while in office. His wife, Martha Wayles Skelton, died in 1782.

Thomas Jefferson Quote:

"The government is best that governs least."
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Revolution of 1800

Thomas Jefferson actually named the election of 1800 as the "Revolution of 1800" because this was the first election in the new United States where the presidency passed from one party to another. It marked a peaceful transition of power that has continued to this day. However, when the electoral votes were counted, while Thomas Jefferson did defeat John Adams in the end, the election itself caused an uproar. This was because the ballot did not distinguish between the presidential and vice-presidential candidates and Jefferson received the same number of electoral votes as his running mate Aaron Burr. The vote was thrown into the House of Representatives where it took 36 votes before Jefferson was named the president. After this, Congress passed the twelfth amendment which made it so that electors voted specifically for president and vice-president. 

Major Events While in Office:

  • Tripolitan War (1801-1805)
  • US Military Academy established (1802)
  • Louisiana Purchase (1803)
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
  • Abolition of Slave Trade (1807)
  • Chesapeake Affair (1807)
  • Embargo (1807-1809)

States Entering Union While in Office:

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