Thomas Jefferson And The President Of The University Of Virginia

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Thomas Jefferson once said “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson wrote these exact words in the document that is the foundation of this great nation. We all know this man’s accolades the Third President of the United States, the writer of the Declaration of the Independence and the founder of the University of Virginia. After watching the documentary on Thomas Jefferson by Ken Burn, he relays a great point of view. Did Thomas Jefferson actually mean that everybody was created equally? Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia to Peter and Jane Randolph. Peter his father a plantar died when Thomas was only fourteen years old and was raised by his mother who also had ten children. Jefferson and his siblings were homeschooled and taught by tutors, until they went to a school that was run by a Scottish minister. Jefferson eventually went to University of William and Mary, where he fell in love with reading and this amazing hobby that he acquired was given to him by William Small his philosophy professor who introduced him to several great philosopher like Francis Bacon and etc.… In 1768, Jefferson fell in love with Marth Skelton who made Jefferson the happiest when he was with her. Thomas and Martha would eventually have 6 children with only one of them living to…

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