Facts About Thomas Jefferson

Read on to know all the facts about Thomas Jefferson who was the third president of United States of America and one of the most important person behind the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
| Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thomas Jefferson was one of the most influential man in American history. He was one of the most important elements behind drafting of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was a strong advocate of liberty and freedom and was instrumental in enlightenment of the masses. Read through this article to know some important facts about Thomas Jefferson.

  • Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Albermarle County, Virginia and expired on July 4th, 1826. He was the third born in the family of eight children. Jane Randolph was Jefferson's mother and his father was Peter Jefferson who was a planter and surveyor in Albemarle County.
  • At the age of 14, Jefferson got about 5000 acres of land by inheritance with his father's death. He built a home on this land which came to be known as Monticello.
  • At the age of 16, Jefferson was studying at The College of William & Mary which is in Williamsburg; two years later Jefferson graduated from there with the highest honors.
  • Thomas Jefferson was a member of Flat Hat Club during his college days. Flat Hat Club was believed to be a secret organization which now is known to be the newspaper for The College of William & Mary.
  • Professionally, Jefferson was also known as a lawyer who did practice law and handled more than a five hundred cases in General Court alone.
  • Jefferson got married to Martha Wayles Skelton in the year 1772. The couple had six children namely Martha Jefferson Randolph, Jane Randolph, Lucy Elizabeth, Mary Wayles, Elizabeth and a son whose name cannot be ascertained.
  • One of the very first published works of Thomas Jefferson is known as A Summary View of the Rights of British America which included a set of resolutions against Coercive Acts by the British Parliament.
  • Thomas Jefferson brought a lot of reforms to the American society by drafting up to 126 bills in a span of three years. Of the several laws that Jefferson was instrumental in bringing, the prominent ones included laws to abolish primogeniture and establish freedom of religion.
  • During his elaborate career and besides being the US President, Jefferson was also the Governor of Virginia from the year 1779 to 1781, been a minister to France from 1785 to 1789, Secretary of State from 1789 to 1793 and Vice President from 1797 to 1801.
  • During his tenure, Jefferson reduced the expenditures for Army and Navy, removed the tax on whiskey and proved effective in reducing the national debt. Thomas Jefferson was a true patriot and did the best he can to improve economy, trade and foreign relations.
  • After leaving the Presidency, Thomas Jefferson went on to establish the University of Virginia to fulfill his dream of educating the masses through lower fees and costs.
  • Jefferson was also known to be a skilled architect and with this skills of his, he was instrumental in introducing the Neo-Palladian style (a European style of architecture).
  • To sign off on the facts about Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson was a lawyer, a inventor, a architect, a political leader, a horticulturist, a archaeologist, a paleontologist, a author and above all a great man who did the best he could for the sake of people.
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