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  1. toptenz at |

    Top 10 Interesting Facts About Thomas Jefferson –… #top10

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  2. Rick at |

    He and John Adams both died on the same day: July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Although they often had differing political opinions, they remained lifelong friends right up to the very end.

    1. alyssa at |

      that is right and I am 10 so.

  3. Lou at |

    About # 7:

    Wow. I'm certainly glad we've come a long way of accusing presidents of . . . oh, wait.

  4. hanmireddy at |

    very informative and presented in very interesting manner. Good work.

    1. Nathanael Hood at |

      Aw, thank you. I always appreciate the feedback.

      1. Steve Plantone at |

        Although Jefferson was probably not a true Christian (not believing Christ is the Savior), I still believe the term Separation of church and state is today misinterpreted. In his letter I believe his point was to make sure they knew the USA would have no official religion. The term Separation of church and state was not to keep religion out of the government , but the opposite. It was to prevent the government from interfering with any religion. As far as I know all of the founding fathers never intended to take God out of the government like our leaders have done today. Therefore the term S of C and S is completely misrepresented.

        1. TopTenz Master at |

          I totally agree.

        2. FurryMoses at |

          Can you find any supporting evidence in favor of your “interpretation”?

          You could only believe such a thing by ignoring the details of what the founding fathers said, like this quote from James Madison (Jefferson’s great friend and ally)

          Note how what is said, completely contradicts your interpretation of what you think they meant:

          “If Religion be not within the cognizance of Civil Government how can its legal establishment be necessary to Civil Government? What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on Civil Society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the Civil authority; in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny: in no instance have they been seen the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty, may have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just Government instituted to secure & perpetuate it needs them not. Such a Government will be best supported by protecting every Citizen in the enjoyment of his Religion with the same equal hand which protects his person and his property; by neither invading the equal rights of any Sect, nor suffering any Sect to invade those of another.”

  5. Brian at |

    Excellent list, very interesting and educational. I'd like to see more lists like this on toptenz . Keep it up

  6. MergedLoki at |

    Thank you for # 2.

    see that America. A seperation of church and state.

    Stop melding the two together.

  7. FurryMoses at |

    I think calling someone “very religious” is a vacuous term – certainly not worthy of a “fact”. “Religious” is a term like “sports” it doesn’t tell you anything specific about what someone actually does or believes.

  8. G at |

    He was born a day b4 him. But not in 1743

  9. jerry at |

    The video for #6 is very telling. Got to through a Bush in there. Lol
    Remember, at that time some of the States had State Religion.

  10. Mirae at |

    Regarding Mr. Jefferson’s posture, in the Ken Burns; film, a description attributed to one of his slaves recalls quite the opposite. What are your sources?

    1. alyssa at |

      that was not fare about him owning a slave. he could and by he I mean the slave could have got hurt.

  11. Eric C. H. at |

    Jefferson was also a redhead,
    the 2nd tallest u.s. president,
    and most likely invented the ‘swivel chair’ (chair that can spin around or at least swivel from side to side).

  12. Anonymous at |

    Thomas Jefferson is dead wowowowowowowowowowowowow


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