Essay on Thomas Jefferson And The Declaration Of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson was a very influential person not only in the history of America, but also in American Literature. He was the third president of the United States and also produced monumental literary works such as the Declaration of Independence, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Jefferson served in the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress and was governor of Virginia. He later served as U.S. minister to France and U.S. secretary of state, and also served as vice president under John Adams (“Thomas Jefferson”). Jefferson was elected in 1800 and during his terms in office the United States purchased the Louisiana territory which nearly doubled the size of the US (“Thomas Jefferson”). Jefferson’s main interest in this purchase was not the huge expanse of territory, but free navigation of the Mississippi River (Morris, 1967). In fact, Jefferson even worried that the Constitution itself did not give the federal government the authority to expand territory (Morris, 1967). This Founding Father did not want to the federal government having too much power. .According to the textbook, Jefferson’s thought and personality have influenced his countrymen more deeply than any other American (Perkins, 2009). After serving two terms as president, he returned to his home and later helped with founding the University of Virginia.
We all know that Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father, but now I want to turn your attention to his literature that has so greatly…

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