Thomas Jefferson Achievements

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In this difficult, but special country of ours, there has been many great presidents, but there are a few who truly left their mark on this world and one of those is Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson made many accomplishments for himself and this country many years ago by creating the Declaration of Independence and leading our country as third president of the United States. Throughout his life Jefferson will become many things such as a plantation owner, philosopher, and public official. Jefferson will also expand his political career by becoming a member of congress, secretary of state, and eventually becoming the president of the United States and serve for over five decades. All of Thomas Jefferson’s achievements that he strived and worked for …show more content…
Jefferson’s parents, Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph, had 10 children. Jefferson’s father, Peter, was a planter and surveyor up until his death in 1757 with Jefferson at the age of only fourteen. After his father’s death, Jefferson and his brother, Randolph inherited the family estate. In 1745, the Jefferson family had moved to Tuckahoe Plantation due to the death of a friend. This is where Jefferson will began his childhood education with Tuckahoe tutors, by 1752 he was in a local school and studying Latin, Greek, and French at the age of nine. In 1758, Jefferson begins studying history, science, and the classics with Rev. James Maury as his teacher. At just the age of 16 he started his college career by enrolling in the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. During his educational years in college he began studying more advanced subjects such as mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy. After graduating only two years later, Jefferson will have obtained his law license and will become a law clerk working for a local …show more content…
Shortly after joining, Jefferson published his first paper titled A Summary View of the Rights of British America and published many more papers. In June 1776, Congress conducted a committee that eventually chose Thomas Jefferson to conduct a draft for the Declaration of Independence. At the age of 33, Jefferson finished writing the first draft of the Declaration and after some minor changes were modified Congress submitted their draft. Throughout Jefferson’s years as a member of Congress, he wrote many more drafts for other important historical

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