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One of the documents the U.S. was built upon, written in Jefferson's own hand when he was only 33 years old

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Thomas Jefferson Was Born
April 13, 1743

Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence at the age of 33. He drafted the Virginia State Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in 1777. (It was finally passed in 1786.) In the election of 1800, Jefferson beat out his old friend John Adams to become the third president of the new United States. After two terms as president, Jefferson retired to his home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia. A great collector of books, Jefferson sold his personal library to Congress to rebuild the collection of the Library of Congress. The Library's books had been destroyed by fire in 1814. Considering all Jefferson had done during his public life, can you guess what accomplishments he was most proud of?
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