Thomas Jefferson

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Born as a Virginian Patriot, Thomas Jefferson was an accomplished author, statesman, scientist, artisan, and educator. Young Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary in Pennsylvania and during his time there became friends with many other colonial leaders. After Jefferson graduated from William and Mary he studied law and eventually entered politics he became a member of the House of Burgesses in Virginia and was a also chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence.

From 1779-1781 Jefferson served as the governor of Virginia. He also became the first secretary of state and also was one of the few who represented America in Europe. Then in 1797 he became the Vice President and in 1801 became president of the United States. He was also credited for the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the U.S. Also during his term there was no violence of bloodshed.

Jefferson then retired from politics and settled in Monticello, his beautiful estate where he had designed his own house.

There he continued his research and studies in mathematics, conducted experiments in scientific farming, played the violin, collected paintings, and read very intensely. Jefferson believed in free education and helped establish the University of Virginia and designed its current curriculum and campus. He was also against slavery and released his own slaves at the time. Jefferson eventually died on the Fourth of July in 1826 but was and is still recognized as one of the nation's greatest leaders.