Thomas Jefferson- Domestic Affairs

  • Election of 1800

    Election of 1800
    Electors meet in their states and cast votes for the next president of the United States. There is a tie vote between Jefferson and Aaron Burr that turns over the election into the House of Representatives.
  • Determining President

    Determining President
    The House of Representatives meets separately and continues balloting for six days. On February 17, on the thirty-sixth ballot, Jefferson is elected president and Aaron Burr then becomes vice president.
  • Naturalization Act

    Naturalization Act
    This Law established the fact that all immigrants or illegal aliens were to be sent through specific clerks who will record data and information.
  • Copyright Act

    Copyright Act
    Passed a Law explaining that the maps, books, journals, poems and other ideas are secure and belong to the author
  • Funds for Westward Exploration

    Funds for Westward Exploration
    Jefferson requests Congress to provide funds for an expedition to explore the Mississippi River and beyond in search of a route to the Pacific Ocean. Meriwether Lewis, Jefferson's private secretary, begins planning the expedition.
  • Slave Importation Law

    Slave Importation Law
    A Law Preventing Slave Importation was passed. This law prohibited anyone from bringing any persons into the U.S. to be used for slavery. Any person found doing this was fined 1,000 dollars.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Louisiana Territory is bought for fifteen million dollars. The territory, approximately 800,000 square miles including the Mississippi River Valley and the present-day Midwest, almost doubled the size of the United States.
  • Lewis and Clark

    Lewis and Clark
    The expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departs, moving up the Missouri River, to find a route to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Official announcement of Lousiana Purchase to U.S. citizens.
  • Re-Election

    Jefferson is re-elected president. He receives the votes of all state electors except those of Connecticut, Delaware, and two from Maryland. George Clinton is his vice president.
  • Inauguration

    Jefferson is inaugurated as president for a second term. George Clinton is his Vice-President
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    A prohibition of all trade in and out of the country.
  • Ending His Political Career

    Ending His Political Career
    Jefferson retires from public office, and James Madison is inaugurated president. Jefferson leaves Washington and returns to his home, Monticello, in Virginia. He never leaves Virginia again.