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Jefferson Monuments,  Memorials

The Jefferson Memorial
Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC.

Museum of Westward Expansion
Jefferson National Memorial, Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis, Missouri

Thomas Jefferson
St. Louis, Missouri

Louisiana Purchase Commemorative Statue
Jefferson City, Missouri

Thomas Jefferson Commemorative Statue
Jefferson City, Missouri

Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota.  Image by National Park Service
Mount Rushmore
Keystone, South Dakota






Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the
United States. 

Jefferson's Vision

Jefferson's unquenchable thirst for knowledge
Thomas Jefferson Papers


April 13, 1743
Shadwell, Virginia

July 4, 1826
Charlottesville, Virginia

New Nickel Obverse
Westward Journey
Nickel Series



  • 1797 - 1801- Jefferson served as Vice President 

  • 1800- The National government moved from Philadelphia (after 10 years)  to the new Federal City on the Banks of the Potomac.  The exact site of the new Federal City was to be selected by Washington himself, and it was later named in his honor. 

    The new Federal City

  • 1801- Thomas Jefferson became the 3rd President of the United States (he was 58 years old). 

  • 1801- United States census confirmed over 5 million people living east of the Mississippi 

  • 1801- Rumors began to circulate in New Orleans that Spain had secretly transferred Louisiana to France. 

  • 1801- The process of designing Jefferson's Peace Medals is undertaken by the US Mint

  • 1802- Rumors of 1801 were confirmed

  • Spring of 1802- President Jefferson sent a dispatch to the American minister in France, Robert R. Livingston to negotiate the purchase of New Orleans. 

  •  January 18, 1803-  President Thomas Jefferson launched the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a confidential letter to the Congress of the United States of America, "The river Missouri, & the Indians inhabiting it, are not as well known as is rendered desireable by their connection…with us…An intelligent officer with ten or twelve chosen men…might explore the whole…to the Western Ocean" 

  • 1803- President Jefferson appointed James Monroe to assist Livingston in the negotiations.  Upon arriving Monroe learned that Napoleon had offered to sell the entire Louisiana territory to the United States. 

  • April 1803- The treaty transferring Louisiana to the United States was signed. 

  • June 1803 -President Thomas Jefferson's letter to Meriwether Lewis 

  • 1804 - President Jefferson re-elected as President

  • Spring 1809- Jefferson returns to his Virginia home (Monticello).

  • 1819 - Jefferson persuaded the state legislature to charter the University of Virginia.  Jefferson designed the schools main buildings and helped shape its curriculum and choose faculty. 

    Jefferson's accomplishments:  Writer of the Declaration of Independence, naturalist, meteorologist, paleontologist, architect, musician (violin), botanist, Native American collector & purchased the Louisiana Territory.  

    Did you Know?

    On December 20, 1803, in the Sala Capitular - New Orleans, two commissioners signed the transfer document , giving lower Louisiana officially to the United States ... Learn More>>



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