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- Letter, 19 December 1781, from Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to Colonel John Fitzgerald (d. 1799) of Alexandria, Virginia, sending Fitzgerald a voucher for the delivery of the ENCYCLOPEDIE OU DICTIONAIRE RAISONEE, for public use. This letter is not printed in THE PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, volume VI, but its purchase for public use is discussed in volume V, pp. 15, 311-312, and volume VI, p. 25
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- Thomas Jefferson was born 13 April 1743 in Goochland County, Virginia (now part of Albemarle County, Virginia). He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1762. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1769 to 1775, Jefferson represented Virginia in the Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776. He wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Jefferson served as governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781. After serving another term in Congress from 1783 to 1784, he was appointed minister to France and served from 1784 to 1788. Jefferson served as Secretary of State under President George Washington from 1789 to 1793, and as Vice President under President John Adams from 1797 to 1801. Jefferson succeeded Adams as president, serving from 1801 to 1809. Upon his retirement, Jefferson returned to his home, Monticello, in Albemarle County. He founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson died 4 July 1826 and was buried at Monticello.
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