On a day like today 273 years ago, April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born. Jefferson was an American Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was elected to serve as the second Vice President under John Adams presidency, and in 1800 was elected to be the third president of the United States. He can also be found on 5 cent nickels and on the not so common $2 bills. Jefferson without a doubt was a man of integrity who stood for liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness, and will always be iconic to this nation. We leave you with 10 Jefferson quotes for his birthday.
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.
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.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.