he was quite the man.
what did jefferson change?
Jefferson freed two slaves in his lifetime and five in his will and chose not to pursue two others who ran away.
Jefferson practiced law and served in local government as a magistrate, county lieutenant, and member of the House of Burgesses in his early professional life.
he returned to Virginia and served in the legislature. Elected governor from 1779 to 1781.
During the brief private interval in his life following his governorship, Jefferson wrote. In 1784, he entered public service again, in France, first as trade commissioner and then as Benjamin Franklin's successor as minister.
In 1790 he accepted the post of secretary of state under his friend george washington. His tenure was marked by his opposition to the pro-British policies of alendar hamilton. In 1796, as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Republicans, he became vice-president after losing to john adams by three electoral votes.
Four years later, he defeated Adams and became president, Perhaps the most notable achievements of his first term were the purchase of the lousiania territory in 1803 and his support of the lewis and clark expidition. Jefferson was succeeded as president in 1809 by his friend james madison, and during the last seventeen years of his life, he remained at Monticello.