Jefferson, Thomas, 1927, Biographical Sketch
AUTHOR OF the Declaration of Independence and founder of the Democratic party, the country's third President was one of the most accomplished and scholarly of all its Chief Magistrates. Born April 13, 1743, he studied at William and Mary's College, and was admitted to the bar in 1767. After the war he became Secretary of State under Washington, and came within two electoral votes of being the country's second President. In the second struggle for the Presidency in 1800 he was tied with Aaron Burr, and selected over his rival by the House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1804. He was the first of the Presidents inaugurated at Washington. By a strange coincidence, he died July 4, 1826—the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence—on the same day and year as Adams, his political rival.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 4.
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