THOMAS JEFFERSON, 3RD PRESIDENT - Thomas Jefferson was sworn in on March 4, 1801 as our third President. He was the first President to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and was the only President in our nation's history to walk to and from his inauguration. He was re-elected and sworn in to a second term as President on March 4, 1805. During the American Revolution, he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. During his presidency, he authorized the purchase of the Louisiana Purchase from France, doubling the size of the United States. After retiring as President, he founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson quote: ". . the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression."