Thomas Jefferson

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Years of Service: 1801-1809

Date of Birth: April 13, 1743

Date of Death: July 4, 1826 (50th Independence Day) (Same day as John Adams)

Thomas Jefferson was responsible for the biggest land purchase in the country’s history, the Louisiana Purchase. He bought land from France, ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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The cost was 2¢ per acre (With 870,000 sq. ft., the cost added up to $15,000,000). He sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly bought area. Jefferson was also known for writing the Declaration of Independence and also designed a home called the Monticello.

Fun Fact: Jefferson collected prehistoric bones.