5. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson is probably best known for drafting the Declaration of Independence. In 1796, Jefferson lost the Presidential election to John Adams, but because of a flaw in the Constitution, he somehow became Adams’ Vice President. Then in 1800, he narrowly edged out fellow party candidate Aaron Burr to become President.
During his presidency, Jefferson reduced the national deficit by a third by cutting the budget and Army and Navy spend. He also made the “Louisiana Purchase” that basically doubled the size of the U.S. after purchasing over 800,000 square miles of land from France for $15 million. After the purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition was launched to explore the new land and the rest of the continent.