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Thomas Jefferson: The American Presidents Series: The 3rd President, 1801-1809


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Jefferson was succeeded as president in 1809 by his friend , and during the last seventeen years of his life, he remained at Monticello. During this period, he sold his collection of books to the government to form the nucleus of the Library of Congress. Jefferson embarked on his last great public service at the age of seventy-six, with the founding of the . He spearheaded the legislative campaign for its charter, secured its location, designed its buildings, planned its curriculum, and served as the first rector.


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