Wreath-laying honors Jefferson's 269th birthday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Admirers are marking the birthday of the founding father credited with drafting the Declaration of Independence.

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The National Park Service, the Military District of Washington and the D.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will lay a wreath at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on Friday morning to mark the 269th anniversary of the third president's birth.

Jefferson was a political philosopher, architect, musician, book collector, scientist, horticulturist, diplomat and inventor.

The memorial along the tidal basin was dedicated in 1943, on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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