Education:William and Mary College (Lawyer)
Work:Admitted to Virginia bar, 1767; Elected to Virginia House of Burgesses, 1769; Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1775-76; Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-79; Elected Governor of Virginia, 1779, 1780; Dispatched to England to treat for peace with Gr. Britain, 1782; Associate Envoy to France, 1784; Minister to the French Court, 1785; Secretary of State, 1789; Established Democratic-Republican party, 1793; Vice President of the United States, 1796; President, 1801; Established University of Virginia, 1810.
Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Goochand County (later Albemarle County), Virginia. He had six sisters and one brother. Jefferson went to boarding school from ages 9 to 14. At William and Mary College, in Virginia, he studied literature, Greek, Latin, French, Spanish and Italian. He became a lawyer in 1767.
Before Thomas Jefferson was President he wrote The Declaration of Independence in 1776 and was Governor of Virginia, Ambassador to France and later Vice President under John Adams. He believed that people's rights came before government's rights. Jefferson said, "the best government is the least government." He was the youngest delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. When he went to France he helped the French win the Revolutionary war.
Jefferson the agriculturalist. He believed in the United States as an agrarian society, in part, because it would make the nation independent from other nations. Jefferson practiced what he taught: He was one of the first American farmers to employ crop rotation and redesigned the plow to make it more efficient.