Thomas Jefferson - Kristina Rossi
Background and Significant Features
- Wartime Governor
- 3rd U.S. President (2 terms)
- Author of Declaration of Independence
- Graduated from William and Mary
- Elected to the House of Burgesses in 1769
- Elected to Continental Congress in 1775
- Elected to House of Delegates in 1776
- Secretary of State
- Vice President
Relation to American Government
~~1st amendment: freedom of religion due to his ideal of separation of church and state
- Jefferson's idea of the Louisiana Purchase
~~ This allowed the United States to double in size and expand westward
- Started the Democratic Republicans which opened the way for a two party system instead of just the Federalists
~~ Created the party Democratic Republicans (Republicans) who pushed for democracy
- Brought neoclassicism to America
~~ Provided the plans for the new state capitol in Richmond and founded the University of Virginia
- Made the Constitution the guideline of his political views
~~ Shaped the principles of American democracy
-Wrote the Virginia Constitution of 1776 which was a work for framing a new government
~~ Established the ideals that all men are by nature equally free and independent (1st, 13th, and 14th amendment signify these ideals later on)
~~ Created sovereignty which is the given authority to the people which is still important today (ie. voting rights and trials)
- Declaration of Independence gave the natural rights of man
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