President Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, Third President of the United States 1801-1809, also Secretary of State under Washington, and Vice President under John Adams. Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Fathers, left an enduring legacy for the American people. With the creation of the Declaration of Independence, he crafted one of the most important documents ever conceived. He presided over the greatest land purchases in American history with the Louisiana Purchase, and quailed a war with the Barbary Coast. He also started West Point. He is called the Father of the Democratic Party, supporting freedom of speech and education, and increasing the nation’s strength. Fittingly, for such a powerful patriot, his death occurred on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Here is an original signature by Thomas Jefferson in a strong dark black iron base ink on the linen fiber paper.