Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

“We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & unalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.”

  • From an early draft of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.  This excerpt was cited in Joseph J. Ellis’ book, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson.


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