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April 13 in freethought history…

April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 Old Style) – Thomas Jefferson is born in Shadwell, Virginia. His accomplishments were legion: he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence; served as Minister to France during the American Revolution; served … Continue reading

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January 1 in freethought history…

January 1, 1417 – In January 1417 (exact date uncertain), Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini discovers, in a German monastery, the only surviving manuscript of De rerum natura (“On the Nature of Things”), an instructional poem written by the Roman philosopher Lucretius, explaining … Continue reading

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September 23 in freethought history…

September 23, 1800 – Thomas Jefferson, just months away from his controversial election, in which he would unseat one-term President John Adams and become the third President of the United States, writes to Dr. Benjamin Rush (a signer of the … Continue reading

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July 4 in freethought history…

July 4, 1776 – The Continental Congress approves “A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America in General Congress Assembled,” more commonly known as the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1826 – Former president Thomas Jefferson, considered … Continue reading

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June 26 in freethought history…

June 26, 1822 – Former president Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse (smallpox vaccine pioneer and co-founder of Harvard Medical School), says, “Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, … Continue reading

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June 13 in freethought history…

June 13, 1814 – Former president Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his friend Thomas Law, writes, “If we did a good act merely from the love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises … Continue reading

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June 5 in freethought history…

June 5, 1824 – Former US President Thomas Jefferson complains, in a letter to John Cartwright (British political reformer who, decades earlier, supported America’s position in the Revolutionary War and refused a military promotion in protest), “…the judges have usurped … Continue reading

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