History for Kids – Today is Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

imagesHappy Birthday Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd president. He wrote the draft of the Declaration of Independence.  He was born in Shadwell, Goochland [ now Albemarle ] Country, Va. His nickname was Fiddlin’ Thomas. He had two terms  as president. He died on July 4th, 1826 at Monticello, Charlottes, Va.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were not good friends when they met but they became friends later.. They both died on July 4th, 1826. When John Adams died his last words were ” Jefferson survives”. What he didn’t know that Thomas had died a hour earlier.

Thomas Jefferson did the Louisiana Purchase. Then he sent Lewis and Clark and 30 others out to discover those lands. They were called the Core of Discovery. They met Sacagawea and Charbonneau. He wanted them to see if there was a Northwest Passage to the ocean but there was no Northwest Passage. Thomas Jefferson was a great president.

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