In honor of Thomas Jefferson (250th birthday)

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Tree species:
Liriodendron tulipifera
Common name:
Tulip Poplar, "Juno"
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Thomas Jefferson, founder and architect of the University of Virginia, was the nation's third president, from 1801-1809. He graduated in 1762 from William and Mary and went on to continue an education in law under George Wythe, first professor of law in the nation.

In addition to president, Jefferson served as Governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War, Vice President of the United States from 1797-1789, Secretary of State from 1790-1793 and Minister to France from 1785-1789. While president, Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the territory of the nation. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, helped to establish the separation of church and state and advocated free public education. Jefferson would only sign the Constitution unless a Bill of Rights was added as an amendment addressing such issues as freedom of speech, assembly and practice of religion. He was an accomplished writer, architect and inventor. He died at the home he designed and built, Monticello, on July 4th, 1826.
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