This memorial was built and dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the US (and the first Secretary of State under George Washington) and one of the most important of the American Founding Fathers. He is also the main writer of the Declaration of Independence. The memorial was officiated by President Roosevelt on April 13th, 1943, the 200th anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday. It stands in a straight line with the White House, situated on the shore of the Potomac River Tidal Basin. A bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson stands inside.