Thomas Jefferson was one of the almost mythical figures of early American history who stood as one of the great heroes of the revolution and the initial definition of what would happen in this country. Sometimes it's easy to see someone who is so high in history and thinking, maybe some of them are myths. But when you look at the history of that era, he is as great as we are worshiped.
Thomas Jefferson's service for the new American union lasted more than fifty years. He not only contributes to the core philosophical foundation on which our democracy is based, he serves in various offices and makes phenomenal contributions to developing countries including ...
* 1775 - Presented at the Continental Congress
* 1776 - Writing the Declaration of Independence
* 1779-1781 - Governor of Virginia
* 1783 - Chosen in Congress
* 1784-1789 - Commissioner and minister for France
* 1790-1793 - The first American Secretary of State under George Washington
* 1797-1801 - Served as Deputy President of the United States
* 1801-1809 - Third President of the United States
* 1803 - Approved and helped launch the Lewis and Clark Expedition
* 1803 - Buying Louisiana Territory for the United States
* 1815 - Launches the Library of Congress
* 1825 - founded the University of Virginia
This phenomenal achievement record is almost unmatched in comparable public service records of civil servants. But Jefferson's contribution was more than the office served, he was one or two or three major philosophical thinkers of his time who laid the ideological foundations of America.
It is impossible to overemphasize the achievements that he wrote the Declaration of Independence. This document has taken a central position in American history so that it is regarded with respect that is usually provided for religious documents. He eloquently communicates the beliefs and values of the American government system so that Jefferson can be seen as a true minister and prophet of those ideals.
Thomas Jefferson also strongly believed in Manifest Destiny and the westward expansion of the country to the Pacific Ocean. He gave inspiration, funds and political muscle to launch the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition which was responsible for finding huge land and new treasures in the heart of America and inspiring a country to "go west of youth" and to achieve that dream to become a nation that stretches "to the sea to the shining sea".
Jefferson was thirsty for almost unquenchable knowledge. He passed the desire to study at the University of Virginia building. But its contribution to education which has made a big mark on American society is the construction of an American library system where citizens from any community can have access to large volumes of information at no cost. It was an extraordinary experiment in public education. But today only a few of us can imagine a world where we cannot at any time "go check it out in the library". The library has become the center of the American way of life.
It seems that Thomas Jefferson made an impact on every aspect of society from the growing state education system to the government and even made his point of view of religious freedom an important part of the way America approached this important topic. The whole concept of "separation of church and state" is one of Jefferson's struggles.
It should be noted that in his writings it is clear that the separation of church and state functions because there is to limit the government from limiting the religious rights of citizens illegally. Sometimes we misinterpret Jefferson's concept that this government restriction exists to limit religious freedom when in fact there is to encourage all religious freedom that Americans need to respect and worship with full openness and never fear that the government will deter who, what, when , where or how they express their religious ideas.
It is important to look back on this man's genius, Thomas Jefferson and be grateful that he is the best man at this time in a time so important in the development of the great nation of the United States.