Jefferson called his election triumph “the second American Revolution.” While president, Jefferson's principles were tested in many ways.
For example, in order to purchase the Louisiana Territory from France he was willing to expand his narrow interpretation of the Constitution.
President George Washington was near the end of his second presidential term in 1796 when he sat for this portrait by Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828).
Washington's portrait by Stuart became the favorite of nineteenth-century lithographers, who made and sold thousands of copies.
This manual was written by Thomas Jefferson in 1800 and is based on the Parliamentary Pocket-Book or commonplace book and his experience during his tenure as vice-president and presiding officer of the United States Senate, 1797–1801.
The Charles Willson Peale's vibrant life portrait shows Jefferson as he looked when serving as secretary of state in President Washington's cabinet.
The question of who wrote each of the essays has never been definitively answered.
On July 4, 1776, in addition to approving the Declaration of Independence, Congress chose Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin to design a great seal for the new country.
In 1793 the commission selected an exterior design by another amateur architect William Thornton (1759–1828) and an interior design by Stephen Hallet (1755–1825), the only professional architect to enter the competition.
Thomas Jefferson's February 15, 1791, opinion on the constitutionality of a national bank is considered one of the stellar statements on the limited powers and strict construction of the Federal Constitution.