Thomas Jefferson

B. Truong

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Early Life

According to Anne Welsbacher Thomas was born on April 13, 1743 in Ablemarle County, Virginia. He moved to Tuckahoe at age three because his father promised a dying friend to take care of three motherless children. "When Thomas was fourteen, his father died. His father left forty books for Thomas because he knew that Thomas loved to read and study."

Middle life/U.S. Contribution

Anne Welsbacher states that when Thomas was seventeen, he went to college of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Thomas married Martha Wales Skelton on New Year's Day in 1772. According to Ken Nelson, Thomas wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Thomas Jefferson became president of the U.S. in 1801. Then he bought land from France in 1803 called he Louisiana Purchase. Then he sent his nephew Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the new land.
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End of his life

According to Anne Welsbacher, Jefferson made new inventions like a machine that can copy letters as he wrote them. In 1819, he started the University of Virginia. He chose textbooks and designed the buildings. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams died the same day. He was 83 years old.

Today, there is a memorial of him.

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