Thomas Jefferson and 1776

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. -Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was the first president to be inaugurated at the new national capital-the city of Washington became the seat of government in 1800. Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence however five men were delegated to write the document. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston,Roger Sherman and Thomas Jefferson were selected after a full debate. This was the committee that drafted what is considered by many to be the greatest document ever written. In it, contains a sentence that most every American man, woman and child can recite.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

During the signing of this world changing document, the president, John Hancock, feeling the gravity of such a declaration said, “We must all hang together.” “Yes,” replied Benjamin Franklin, “or we shall assuredly all hang separately.”

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