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60-Second Presidents: Thomas Jefferson

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[band plays "Hail to the Chief"]

(female narrator) Thomas Jefferson had a big part in two revolutions. Tom took the lead on the Declaration of Independence in 1776, with good stuff about power residing with the people. The second one started when he won the 1800 election. Jefferson thought national government needed to be smaller. As leader of the Democratic-Republicans, he had the necessary votes. He cut the military, shrinking the national debt, and rolled back taxes and other laws. In 1803, France wanted to sell Louisiana. Technically, the government didn't have the power to buy new land, but Jefferson did it anyway and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it, expanding the role of government. In his second term, ignoring the people's will, his trade embargo against England and France almost wrecked the economy. Tom retired in 1809 and died on July 4, 1826, within hours of John Adams. His ideas about government dominated American politics for generations. That much is self-evident. [band plays "Hail to the Chief"]

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Thomas Jefferson influenced the landscape of America, both politically and geographically. Discover more about the third president of the U.S. Part of the "60-Second Presidents" series.

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