Thomas Jefferson
Third President of the United States
Thomas Jefferson

Vice President (s):  Aaron Burr (1801-05)
                                George Clinton (1805-09)
Born: April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia
Died: July 4, 1826, at Monticello
Career/Occupation:  Lawyer,  Planter
Religion: No Formal Affiliation
Education: Graduated from, College of William and Mary (1762)
Political Party:  Democratic-Republican
Nickname(s): "Man of the People"; "Sage of Monticello"
Other Government Positions:
  • Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1769-74
  • Member of Continental Congress, 1775-76
  • Governor of Virginia, 1779-81
  • Member of Continental Congress, 1783-85
  • Minister to France, 1785-89
  • Secretary of State, 1790-93 (under Washington)
  • Vice President, 1797-1801 (under J. Adams)

Presidential Salary: $25,000/year

Presidential Firsts: 

  • First President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
  • First President inaugurated in the 19th century.
  • First President whose inauguration was not attended by his immediate predecessor.
  • First President to live a full presidential term in the White House.
  • First President elected as a Democratic-Republican.
  • First President to have previously been a Governor.
  • First President to have been Ambassador to France.
  • First President to have previously served as Secretary of State.
  • First President to defeat the man (Adams) whom he had previously lost to in a Presidential election.
  • First President to have been widowed prior to his inauguration.
  • First President whose election was decided in the House of Representatives.
  • First President to cite the doctrine of executive privilege.
  • First president to have a vice president elected under the 12th Amendment. Originally the runner-up in the presidential election was named the vice-president.
  • First President to have two Vice Presidents.
  • First President whose vice president was older than him.
  • First President to be a Deist.
  • First President to win election after having been previously defeated.
  • First President who died on Independence Day (Along with his predecessor John Adams).
  • First President to be survived by his predecessor as President.
  • First President to serve as Rector of the University of Virginia.
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