On April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson was born. His parents were both wealthy, his father, Peter Jefferson being a very successful planter and surveyor, and his mother, Jane Randolph, belonged to to one of Virginia’s most distinguished and wealthiest families. Jefferson had several siblings: Lucy Jefferson Lewis, Randolph Jefferson, Peter Field Jefferson, Martha Jefferson Carr, Elizabeth Jefferson, Mary Jefferson Bolling, Jane Jefferson. Peter Thomas Jefferson, and Anna Scott Jefferson Marks.
Thomas Jefferson had a formal education with several private tutors. To further extend his knowledge, he attended the College of William and Mary, located in Williamsburg. Here he studied law, philosophy, and mathematics. After graduation from college he became a law student under jurist George Wythe.
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many talents. Some jobs he occupied are listed below:
-Architect -Planter -Drafter -Statesman -Lawyer
Before Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, he served as vice-president for John Adams. After Adam’s term ended, he became a candidate to become the 3rd U.S. president. He campaigned opposing taxes for supporting the federal militia. Jefferson beat John Adams, who was running for a second term. Thomas Jefferson was a president for 2 terms, and totals to 8 years in office.
Although this happened before Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, it cannot be ignored. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, a colossal milestone in his life. In office Jefferson cut the taxes for the militia, partly due to the end of the crisis in France. Jefferson also eliminated a third of the national debt. When Barbary Pirates were attacking U.S. ships he set a naval squadron to repel them, which saved lots of goods and money. Most of Jefferson’s contributions to the U.S. revolved around money.
Thomas Jefferson was a universally loved president. He was a very preservative president, which citizens cherished. He boosted the economy of the U.S., which had a very positive effect on his reputation.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-He designed the University of Virginia
-He designed his own house, "Monticello"
-He loved the arts, including music and drawing