|This topic is well-covered by the wikipedia article Thomas Jefferson|
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and an influential Founding Father. Jefferson was 36 years old when elected Governor of Virginia by the legislature on June 1, 1779.
Jefferson's notable influences on the area include:
- Owner and designer of Monticello.
- Founder of UVa.
- As U.S. President, champion of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806), including the selection of other local Meriwether Lewis.
Many local businesses and organizations are named for Jefferson.
- Barefoot, Coy. Thomas Jefferson on Leadership: Executive Lessons from His Life and Letters. New York, NY: Plume, 2002. Print.