Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom


Thomas Jefferson. “An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom,” 16 January 1786. Manuscript. Records of the General Assembly, Enrolled Bills, Record Group 78.  Lab# 07_0071_01.

Jefferson’s Bill for Religious Freedom became a statute (law) in 1786. Along with writing the Declaration of Independence and founding the University of Virginia, he counted the Statute for Religious Freedom one of the great achievements of his life.

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