Thomas Jefferson

Official Presidential portrait of Thomas Jefferson (by Rembrandt Peale, 1800)
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

13th President of the United States in Congress Assembled
January 17, 1791 - January 21, 1792

Predecessor Patrick Henry
Successor James Madison

United States Ambassador to France
May 17, 1785 – September 26, 1789

Predecessor Benjamin Franklin
Successor William Short

Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia

Predecessor James Madison
Successor Richard Henry Lee

Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Virginia
June 20, 1775 – September 26, 1776

Predecessor George Washington
Successor John Harvie
Born April 13, 1743
Shadwell, Virginia
Died July 4, 1826

Charlottesville, Virginia

Political Party Democratic-Republican Party

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) 13th President of the United States in Congress Assembled was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom (1777), and founder of the University of Virginia (1819). He was an influential Founding Father and an exponent of Jeffersonian democracy.