Thomas Jefferson

Cameron Kidwell

Thomas Jefferson was a leading figure in America's early development. He served in the Virginia legislature and the continental congress and was governor of Virginia. Later, Jefferson served as U.S minister to France and U.S sectary of state. In 1735, he also was vice president under John Adams.

Jefferson was elected president in 1800. During his presidency, he did many things to help America. The U.S purchased the Louisiana territory and Lewis and Clark explored the new land. Jefferson thought the national government should have limited role in citizen's life.

1762, Jefferson graduated from the college of William and Mary in Virginia. He studied under the tutelage of a respected Virginia attorney. While being a member of colonial Virginia's house Burgesses, he gained recognition for " A Summary View of the Rights of British America. " The pamphlet declared that the British have no right to exercise authority over American colonies.

In 1775, Jefferson was selected as a delegate to the second continental congress. When he was 33, Jefferson was asked to draft the Declaration of Independence. This article detailed the importance of individual rights and freedoms. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.

In 177, Jefferson resigned from the Continental congress and and was re-elected to the House of Delegates. He considered the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom to be one of the significant achievements of his career. This document was to protect people's rights to worship as they choose.

Jefferson and John Adams ran against each other in the presidential election of 1800. This turned into a harsh