Two hundred and thirty two years ago today, a document was published in the city of Philadelphia, in the rebellious British American Colonies, that declared the intentions of those present to formally break their union with the British Crown. The author of that document Thomas Jefferson, went on to become the 3rd President of the republic and during his term, set in motion the expansion of the country that ushered in Louisiana Purchase and the United States becoming a continental and eventual world power. Much has been written lately about Jefferson's personal short comings in his relationship with the people he held in bondage. That fact can not be removed from any discussion of his life. However, one must look at the whole of a man's life to measure his worth.