Thomas Jefferson And The Second President Of The United States

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As the third President of the United States of America, the author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia and a founding father of our great nation, Thomas Jefferson had a lasting impact on the way we live our lives today in our great nation. Jefferson throughout his life was known to keep his religious views to himself even once said “Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone.” (Ragosta 7). Jefferson held this belief firm throughout his life and believed that religious freedom was a natural right. This paper will examine how Thomas Jefferson supported religious freedom, why he believed that no man should be forced by the government to believe in a God or taxed to support a specific church, and the impact of Jefferson’s views. Born April 13, 1743 Jefferson was baptised and raised in the Church of England otherwise known as the Anglican Church, which was the church that citizens of America had to pay a tax to in order to support. From a young age Jefferson was surrounded by the Church of England’s methods, ideologies and practices, following in his father 's footsteps he was also elected as a vestryman in the Church of England. Additionally he married in the church as well as had his children baptized in the church, and had the Episcopal minister officiate his funeral. However despite his lifelong relationship with the Church of England Jefferson kept his religion to himself, in large due to the fact that he proclaimed
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