The Declaration of Independence

Project - BY Kelly S.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born on April 13,1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He grew up in Virginia to a successful planter. He had 5 siblings consisting of four sisters and one brother. He went to college and then practiced law. He married Martha and had six children. In June of 1776 he was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is an important part the history of the United States. A group of five men worked to create the Declaration. Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration. The members of the committee to help him were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. He continued working on the document until July 4 when it was approved by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were 56 signers to the declaration and John Hancock of Massachusetts was the first. The document to the king stated that we all created equal with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.