Thomas Jefferson Quotes

No government has a legitimate right to do what is not for the welfare of the governed.

 
Context
Note that Jefferson felt that governmental powers were limited even without a constitution.
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
  • Born: April 13, 1743
  • Died: July 4, 1826
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

Thomas Jefferson was a statesman, diplomat, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had been elected the second vice president of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level.