Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the chief author of Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1776-79, elected Governor of Virginia in 1779 and 1780, Associate Envoy to France in 1784, Minister to French Court in 1785, US Secretary of State from 1789-1793, Vice President of US from 1791-1801, President of the US from 1801-1809 and established the University of Virginia in 1810. He was one of the most brilliant men of his time.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, National Historic Landmark, Charlottesville, Virginia - The house is situated on the summit of an 850-foot-high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap. Its name comes from the Italian "little mount."
[W]hat country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that [the] people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms...The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Col. William S. Smith, 1787
Thomas Jefferson, red haired American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and third President of the United States, a globally influential spokesman for democracy and the rights of man