One of the founders who was most crucial to the development of ideas and laws about religious freedom in the United States was Thomas Jefferson. Throughout the late 18th century and early 19th century, Thomas Jefferson’s writings and his life in the public eye shaped the foundations of religious freedom in the colonies, and, then, in the United States. Jefferson had a broad range of political experiences, along with his classical education that contributed to his views on religious freedom. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, he was the second Governor of Virginia, a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation, and a U.S. Ambassador to France. These experiences helped him to crystalize his views on religious freedom. Then, during his time as Secretary of State (1790-93), Vice-President (1797-1801), and President of the U.S. (1801-09), he implemented his ideas on religious freedom as crucial to American democracy
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