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Thomas Jefferson

Rembrandt Peale - Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Rembrandt Peale
19 in x 23 in
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bullet Biography of Thomas Jefferson (White House biography)
bulletThomas Jefferson Online
bullet Thomas Jefferson
bullet"Jesus, Socrates, and Others" - a letter to Dr. Joseph Priestley from Thomas Jefferson
bullet Thomas Jefferson - UUs on Stamps
bullet Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government
bulletJefferson Digital Archive at the University of Virginia
bullet Thomas Jefferson: Father of the American Trademark
bullet The Architecture of Thomas Jefferson
bullet Jefferson FAQ
bullet The Jefferson Bible
bulletFirst inaugural address, 1801
bulletSecond inaugural address, 1805
bullet State of the Nation : 1801
bullet State of the Nation : 1802
bullet State of the Nation : 1803
bullet State of the Nation : 1804
bullet State of the Nation : 1805
bullet State of the Nation : 1806
bullet State of the Nation : 1807
bullet State of the Nation : 1808
bullet Jefferson on Slavery
bullet Letters of Thomas Jefferson
bullet Draft for a Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1779
bullet Monticello—The Home of Thomas Jefferson
bulletThomas Jefferson Memorial (National Park Service)
bulletThomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
bullet Thomas Jefferson Papers
bullet The Avalon Project - The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
bulletThomas Jefferson District, UUA


Was Thomas Jefferson really a Unitarian?

Like many others of his time (he died just one year after the founding of institutional Unitarianism in America), Jefferson was a Unitarian in theology, though not in church membership.  He never joined a Unitarian congregation: there were none near his home in Virginia during his lifetime.  He regularly attended Joseph Priestley's Pennsylvania church when he was nearby, and said that Priestley's theology was his own, and there is no doubt Priestley should be identified as Unitarian.   Jefferson remained a member of the Episcopal congregation near his home, but removed himself from those available to become godparents, because he was not sufficiently in agreement with the trinitarian theology. His work, The Jefferson Bible, was Unitarian in theology.  For a slightly different analysis (one that slights the fact that the Unitarians were not formally organized into a sect until 1825), see the relevant "Matters of Fact" factsheet at the Monticello website.

Another answer: Thomas Jefferson A Unitarian Universalist Perspective


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Dreaming of Monticello
Yves Fauvet
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Rembrandt Peale - Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Rembrandt Peale
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