Essay on Thomas Jefferson And Ralph Waldo Emerson

1795 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
The beauty of history is found in the lives of those who have lived it. History is the account of lives that have been lived, events that have been recorded, and how those lives and events have changed the course of the world to bring it to where it is today. Millions have lived and died unremembered, but yet millions are remembered today for the life they lived. These millions are the one who make a difference in the world. Among these individuals who have impacted the creation of today are Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Born on April 13, 1743, to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph, Jefferson was born at a significant tobacco plantation named Shadwell in Virginia that was owned by his father. Although he was uneducated, Peter Jefferson had grown his own fortune through intelligence and hard work, and he wanted to provide his son the best classical education possible. When Thomas was fourteen years old, his father fell ill and died, and Thomas Jefferson began his education under a man named Reverend James Maury. Following his studies, Jefferson moved on to the college of William and Mary where he advanced his education, studied law, and began to influence the world through his pen. Virginia’s religious culture at this time advocated Episcopalians breeding, thus Jefferson was raised Episcopalian. Later in life, however, Jefferson renounced the religion and all forms of Christianity and proclaimed himself a Deist. Throughout his growing up years, Thomas had…

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