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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

President Thomas Jefferson

Short Biography about Thomas Jefferson

This article contains a short biography and fast facts and information about Thomas Jefferson. Who was Thomas Jefferson and why was he famous? Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) came to prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution and was at the forefront of the revolutionary movement in Virginia.

As delegate to the Continental Congress, he drafted the Declaration of Independence. His later negotiation of the Louisiana Purchase with France resulted in the size of the United States doubling.

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.

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