Thomas Jefferson inspired key ring inscribed "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". The man destined to be Governor of Virginia, Revolutionary leader, Minister to France, Secretary of State and ultimately Third President of the new Republic: Thomas Jefferson, was born in 1743 in Virginia, the heir to a substantial estate. The subject of the liberty of the individual was one central to his personal philosophy. Remembered for so many achievements as statesman, diplomat, philosopher, architect and humanitarian; Jefferson is perhaps best remembered as the draftsman of the Declaration of Independence. He died in 1826, fifty years to the day since the Declaration he authored was signed. Few passages in the English language ring out with such timeless clarity, conviction and universal meaning: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.