April 13: Thomas Jefferson
On this date in 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born. Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. This collection includes audio renditions of the Declaration of Independence, his two inaugural addresses, and his annual State of the Union Addresses. There are also photos of his memorial in Washington as well as other illustrations of his life.
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Declaration of Independence
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson outlines the despot-like behavior of the King of Great Britain and declares that the United States of America will no longer recognize British rule.
Jefferson's First Inaugural Addresses
Thomas Jefferson was elected to two terms as President. His First Inaugural Address was given March 4, 1801. This was the first time a presidential inauguration was held in the new capital of Washington, D.C.
Jefferson's Second Inaugural Addresses
Jefferson’s Second Inaugural Address was given March 4, 1805.
Annual Addresses to Congress
Now known as the “State of the Union” addresses, in Jefferson’s time the addresses were made late in the calendar year.
December 8, 1801
December 15, 1802
October 17, 1803
November 8, 1804
December 3, 1805
December 2, 1806
October 27, 1807
A gallery of photos inside and outside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., from the ClipPix ETC website.
Jefferson is depicted on the US five-cent piece. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Jefferson’s wife, Martha, died before Thomas took office so she never served as First Lady. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Monticello, Jefferson's Home
Monticello, located near Charlottesville, Virginia, was the estate of Thomas Jefferson. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Monticello was built in 1809 and appeared on the nickel and the two dollar bill. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Schoolhouse where Thomas Jefferson received his early education from the ClipArt ETC website.
Thomas Jefferson’s seal with the motto: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Part of Jefferson's Gig
A portion of Thomas Jefferson’s gig, a cart or chair pulled by a horse. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Thomas Jefferson's Grave
The grave of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.