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Thomas Jefferson: 16 quotes on his birthday

Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, served as minister to France, US Secretary of State, and eventually became the third president of the United States. His ideas about government, politics, and morality still echo in America's corridors of power. He also authorized the Louisiana Purchase and sent Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition to find "the Northwest Passage."

Here are 16 quotes to mark Jefferson's birthday.

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1. Live free or die

“…with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of taking up arms.


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