Thomas Jefferson Biography Essay

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Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia. During his life he accomplished many things and now is one of the most well-known presidents in history. People associated Jefferson with being the spokesmen for democracy. In addition, he signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Jefferson was also the first Secretary of State, the second Vice President, and the third President of the United States. During John Adam’s presidential term Jefferson served as his vice president until 1800 when he decided to run in the next election. He became president on March 4th, 1801 and served in office till March 4th, 1809. As far as political parties go, Jefferson was a part of the Democratic Republican’s and his supporters mainly believed …show more content…
He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769 in which he served for six years. “A Summary View of the Rights of British America," established Jefferson’s reputation as an advocate for the American cause. In 1775, Jefferson created the Continental Army and appointed George Washington, as its commander. However, the Congress 's most significant work fell to Jefferson himself. In June 1776, the Congress appointed committee containing Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. Together they drafted The Declaration of Independence in order to gain independence from the British. The day before the end of Jefferson’s second term as governor, he was forced to flee his home at Monticello so he would not be captured by the British army. Although he had no choice but to flee, Jefferson’s political rivals used this to accuse him of being a coward. Consequently, Jefferson stepped down from office on June 4, 1781. He then began working on a book called “Notes on the State of Virginia”. The book talked about Jefferson 's views on race and slavery. He owned slaves because his farmer lifestyle depended on the slaves he owned. Jefferson beliefs would be considered extremely racist in today’s time. However, he still claimed to be against slavery and considered it to be against the rights

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