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Thomas Jefferson Photo Framed Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) An American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). Jefferson was the first United States Secretary of State (1790–1793) serving under President George Washington. Oversaw the purchase of the vast Louisiana Territory from France (1803), and sent the Lewis and Clark Expedition. A color print of his painted portrait, matted and framed as shown.