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Thomas Jefferson signed act of Congress

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9090

Content Description

Contains a printed page with an act of the U.S. Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson while serving as President of the United States. This document was addressed to Nathaniel Macon, speaker of the House of Representatives and Jesse Franklin, President of the Senate, pro tempore. The House and the Senate enacted a change in the sessions of the district court for the district of Virginia. Jefferson approved and signed the legislation, dated March 19, 1804.


  • 1804 March 19


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Thomas Jefferson signed act of Congress must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was a politician and the third President of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 to Peter Jefferson and Jane Rudolph, in Virginia. Jefferson represented Albemarle County as a delegate in the Virginia House of Burgess from 1769 until 1775. On January 1, 1772 Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton. He served as the Virginia delegate to the Second Continental Congress from 1775-1776 and as the second Governor of Virginia from 1779-1781. He served in France from 1785-1789 as the United States Minister to France. Upon returning to the United States, Jefferson served as the first United States Secretary of State under George Washington until 1793. After losing the presidential race to John Adams, he became Adams' Vice President, serving from 1797-1801. He then became the third President of the United States, serving for two consecutive terms from 1801-1809. Upon retiring from the presidency, Jefferson lived a private life at his home Monticello. In 1819, he founded the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia.


1 sheet ; 19 x 15 cm

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Custodial History

Donated by Ryan Treft, who collected the item, in December 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ryan Treft; December 2017.


Orphaned Manuscripts collecting policy (Feb. 2014).

Processing Information

Processed; Itza Mostert; student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2017.

Register of Thomas Jefferson signed act of Congress
Itza Mostert
2017 December 20
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
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