Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

  • Daniel G. Payne
  • Richard S. Newman


Although Thomas Jefferson made his reputation as a statesman, he was fond of saying that nature had destined him for the sciences. Even during his tumultuous career in politics, Jefferson maintained his involvement in philosophy and the sciences, serving simultaneously as president of the American Philosophical Society and president of the United States, and playing a leading role in the planning and sponsorship of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which he saw as one of the great national achievements of his presidency.


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  • Daniel G. Payne
  • Richard S. Newman

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