- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama family has lost its fight over artifacts supposedly owned by the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday sided with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in a lawsuit filed by the estate of Emma Jordan of Fort Payne.

Court records show Jordan inherited a dressing table and a cabinet called a filing press that were both believed to belong to the third U.S. president. Both were loaned to Jefferson’s Monticello estate in Virginia.

Relatives of Jordan eventually tried to sell the dressing table, but questions arose about its authenticity. And the cabinet was valued at around $30,000 instead of $4 million, allegedly because of conservation work.

The Supreme Court ruled the foundation should win a lawsuit over the value of the items.

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