Events in American history

People from that time frame

George Washigton

George Washington (1732-99) was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and served two times as the first U.S president.
As a young man, he worked as a surveyor then he fought in the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution, he led the colonial forces to victory over the British and became a national hero. In 1787, he was elected president of the convention, that wrote the U.S Constitution. Two years later, Washington became America's first president. Less than three years after leaving office, he died at his Virginia plantation at age 67.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson ( 1743-1826 ), author of the Decleration of Independence and the third U.S president, was a leading figure in America's early development. During the American Revolutionary War, Jefferson served in the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress and was a governor of Virginia. In addition, he was a elected president in 1800. Although, Jefferson promoted individual liberty, he was also a slave owner. After leaving office, he retired to his Virginia plantation and helped found the University of Virginia.