Facts about Thomas Jefferson
The following facts about Thomas Jefferson provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in winning American independence and creating the United States of America.
Thomas was born on April 13, 1743 in Albermarle County, Virginia. hE was the son of Peter Jefferson, a planter and surveyor and his mother was Jane Randolph, daughter of Isham Randolph, a ship's captain and planter
Thomas was privately educated by a home tutor and at a local school. He then attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. hE was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767 and worked as a circuit lawyer. From 1769 to 1774 he was a deputy to the Virginia legislature
He was married to Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson in 1772
In 1775, Jefferson was elected a deputy to the Continental Congress
1776: The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by the congressional representatives of the 13 Colonies of Colonial America.
Articles of Confederation: The Articles of Confederation was started in mid 1776 and completed in 1781. On March 4, 1789, the Articles were replaced with the U.S. Constitution
Thomas Jefferson intended to extend the rights enunciated in the declaration to Negro slaves, but the slave owners were opposed
He was also the author of the Statute on Religious Freedom
He considered the Constitution insufficiently democratic and argued that it required a supplementary Bill of Rights.
He served as Secretary of State under George Washington between 1790 and 1793. From 1797-1801 he served as Vice President under John Adams
He was elected the third President of the United States March 4, 1801 and served in office until March 4, 1809. During his presidency the Barbary Wars were fought (1801-1805). In 1803 he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with France
On March 4, 1789, the Articles of Confederation were replaced with the U.S. Constitution
The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought in 1811
He died in Monticello in Virginia. Thomas Jefferson and his friend and sometimes enemy, John Adams , both died on July 4th, 1826. He died a few hours before John Adams.