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Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743. How old was he when he was elected president of the United States in 1800? (Write an equation and solve the problem.)

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1 of 2Let $x$ be this age when he was elected. Since he was born in 1743, then he was elected in $1743+x$. It is given that he was elected in 1800 so $1743+x=1800$. Subtract 1743 on both sides to solve for $x$:

$\begin{align*} 1743+x&=1800\\ 1743+x-1743&=1800-1743\\ x&=57 \end{align*}$

He was then 57 when he was elected president.

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