Essay about Thomas Jefferson The Pen Of The Revolution
Thomas Jefferson was a natural born leader. He lived in a time of much uncertainty and despite this, or maybe because of it, he is known as one of the most brilliant men in our nation’s history. He authored the Declaration of Independence and was our country’s third president. He made decisions that furthered the development of our country and was revered as one of the greatest minds of his time.
Thomas Jefferson served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1769 to 1774. As a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Thomas Jefferson was an active member of the Virginia Committee of Correspondence, which worked to remove Britain’s rule over the colonies. During this time, Thomas Jefferson wrote “Summary View of the Rights of British America,” which catapulted him into importance nationally. Because of this and other writings, Thomas Jefferson became recognized as a leader that argued against British control and he also became known as one of the most eloquent writers of his time (Onuf).
Because of Jefferson’s writing ability and his fiery position against Britain, he was selected to be a part of a five-person committee that was to write the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. He was selected to be part of this group at the Second Continental Congress that was held in June 1776. All other members of the committee, which included John Adams and Benjamin Franklin among others, selected Thomas…