Thomas Jefferson

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Background about your president:

Thomas Jefferson was author of the Declaration of Independence, the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia

What prompted his career as a politician and his political stance:

Attending the College of William and Mary, 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, which made him and excellent candidate for politics. Though Jefferson was a slave owner he believed that reason, liberty, and equality would be the ideas to govern nations.

Contributions:

  • Thomas Jefferson was appointed by Congress to a five-person committee in charge of writing The Declaration of Independence.
  • Jefferson considered The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom to be one of his greatest accomplishments.
  • In 1779, he wrote A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, which outlined a plan for establishing Virginia public schools where “all the free children, male and female” were to be given three years of instruction in reading, writing, arithmetic, and history.

Effects of his administration:

The effects that Tomas Jefferson made during his time are yes still used today. Today we refer to the constitution for several reasons concerning new bills and things to better our government. Jefferson's opponents would not mostly agree with him because they were not their original ideas, but for the most part they are still a few that still support his decisions.

Was jefferson a good president?

If I had my say, I would say that yes Jefferson was a great president during that time period. Even though he had slaves, he still made things right as far as making sure the government was in order and taking care of first.

Things to learn from Jefferson:

  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.