Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born in April of 1743. Thomas Jefferson had a big role in the early Government of the United States. He was a part of many historical events that took place in his lifetime. He was one of the Founding Fathers. He authored the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Thomas Jefferson served in the legislature, and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1779. He was a diplomat in Paris, and was the first US Secretary of State for President George Washington. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson organized the Democratic-Republican Party. Jefferson was elected Vice President in 1796 because he came in second to John Adams. He lost to Adams by three electoral votes. He was the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

One of the major accomplishments that Jefferson had as president, in his first term, was the Louisiana Purchase. He oversaw the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France. Thomas Jefferson appointed explorers Lewis and Clark to explore the new land in the West. Jefferson signed a bill in 1807 that banned importing slaves into the United States. He has been rated as one of the greatest United States Presidents.

Thomas Jefferson was a very intelligent man. He spoke five languages; he was interested in science, invention, religion, philosophy, and architecture. His interest in learning led him to become the founder of the University of Virginia. He secured the location, designed the building, planned the curriculum, and served as the first rector of the University. Jefferson was also a leader in the American Enlightenment.

There is controversy with historians about Jefferson’s commitment to anti-slavery. He owned hundreds of slaves, but banned importing slaves into the US. Jefferson had inherited slaves from both his father and father-in-law. Jefferson only freed two slaves in his life. In his will he freed five other slaves. He had a long time relationship with...
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