Thomas Jefferson

Power of the Paper and Pen

Thomas Jefferson

He changed the way Americans live. He did it with a paper and pen. Thomas Jefferson changed everything. How? He was a Founding Father and he wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. He completed many interesting and challenging tasks. Of all his amazing tasks, the writing he did is most memorable. In addition to his wonderful writing he was a man that was a truly great leader and one to look up to now and forever on.

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Thomas Jefferson's life

Thomas Jefferson

The great Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743. In his early life, he had four family members. He had two sisters, a dad and a mom. He was very smart from young on, he learned the alphabet by three. . He grew up on a tobacco plantation called Shadwell. Jefferson studied literature and mathematics with the Reverend James Maury. He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1768. In 1774, Jefferson wrote his first of many pieces of writing, “A Summary View of the Rights of British America.”In June 1776, the five man crew to write the Declaration of Independence was created. In this crew was Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. The crew elected Jefferson himself to write the first draft selecting him for his happy talent for composition. He then wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. On the day of June 1, 1779 Virginia elected Thomas Jefferson as the second state governor. On June 1, 1781, the day before the end of Jefferson's second term as the governor of Virginia, Jefferson was told to leave his house at Monticello. He barely escaped being captured by the British themselves. In 1797, even with his public disliking, Jefferson was elected vice president. The new president was great. He lowered the national debt from $80 million to $57 million in two years. Jefferson's cost memorable feat was the Louisiana Purchase. It claimed land from the Mississippi River to The Rockies from Napoleonic France for $15 million doubling the size of the country in one deal. He then sent Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the newly bought land.Jefferson also helped found the University of Virginia. The doors opened on April 7, 1825, one of the best days of Jefferson's life. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. The 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
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Thomas Jefferson Quote

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." - Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson Fun Facts

He and John Adams died on the 50th anniversary of the writing of the Declaration of Independence. He was rivals with Adams, but Adams' last words were," Thomas Jefferson survives." He said this not knowing Jefferson had died a few hours earlier.


He was a horrible public speaker.


He was a casual person.


He and John Adams were the only two Founding Fathers to become president.


Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel.

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Thomas Jefferson - Mini Biography

Other facts about Thomas Jefferson

He had six kids.


He spent 17 days writing the Declaration of Independence.


He lived in Paris for almost 5 years.


He was elected president in 1800

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Conclusion

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded the University of Virginia, and was a vice president and a president. Therefore the historic Thomas Jefferson should be remembered now and forever on. We owe lots of gratitude to this great man.

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