One of our country's Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson , was born 269 years ago today on April 13, 1743. He was a member of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution and helped write the Declaration of Independence in 1776. After the war, Jefferson served as the United States Minister to France in 1785 and later became the first Secretary of State under President George Washington in 1790. Jefferson would become the third president of the United States in 1801 until 1809. He is also known for the Louisiana Purchase , which added over 828,000 square miles of new territory to the United States.
In 1976, the United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two dollar bill on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States' bicentennial celebration.