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What more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more ... a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from labor the bread it has earned.
What more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more ... a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from labor the bread it has earned.
 

Thomas Jefferson

1743-1826
Patriot, Statesman, President of the United States (1801-1809)
Twice war time governor of Virginia, Jefferson created Monticello. A delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, he is the principla author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He went on to lead the mission to France with Benjamin Franklin.