U.S. President Thomas Jefferson Vital Statistics
About the U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, his vital statistics including birth and death place and time, history of the events.
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Born: Apr. 13, 1743, on his father's estate in Albemarle County on what was then Virginia's western frontier. His birthplace, Shadwell, was destroyed by fire in 1770.
Died: July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of American independence. Jefferson, who was 83, had been suffering from diarrhea, but lingered on just long enough to see the glorious day commemorating the Declaration he had written. "Is it the fourth?" he asked from his sickbed, and when assured that it was, he died peacefully. His old friend and sometime political adversary John Adams died on the same day. Jefferson died at Monticello, the hilltop mansion he had designed for himself 60 years before. He is buried there beneath a simple epitaph that he himself composed: "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia." Significantly, no mention was made of his service as president, reflecting Jefferson's mixed feelings about politics. Today Monticello is open to the public and is easily the most fascinating of all presidential "shrines," reflecting the wide-ranging interests of its master. It is located 3 mi. from Charlottesville, along Virginia highways 20 and 53. Admission $1.50.
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