Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson studied Latin, Greek and French. In 1760, he went to the College of William and Mary. He studied and practiced law for several years. He was described as "tall, sandy-haired and freckled". He was a skilled horseman and violin player. At twenty-six years old, he began building Monticello. The name means "little mountain" in Italian. Jefferson designed the house, gardens and workshops.

In 1775, Jefferson was elected to the Continental Congress. He was picked to write the Declaration of Independence. It states the importance of rights and freedoms.

Jefferson was president from 1801-1809. He guided the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France. Jefferson wanted a government run by all men.

After he was president, Jefferson remained busy. He read his books and wrote letters. He designed gardens, rode horses and played with his twelve grandchildren. He also started the University of Virginia. He designed the buildings and served as its first president. He died at Monticello.



Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Indepencence and penned the famous line "all men are created equal". Jefferson also managed the Louisiana Purchase (1803), in which America gained 800,000 square miles, doubling the nation's size, for $11.25 million. The legendary Lewis and Clark expedition (led by Meriwether Lewis [1774–1809] and William Clark [1770–1838]) explored the rugged land, and the expedition became a spectacular product of Jefferson's vision of westward expansion.


Birth & Death

Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia, on April 13, 1743. He died at his home, Monticello, on the fiftieth anniversary of American independence, July 4, 1826.Read more:

Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States. He brokered the Louisianna Purchase which almost doubled the size of the U.S. He wrote the Declaration of Independence and believed in the freedom of man. He began the University of Virginia as well as serving as its president. His home, Monticello, is a museum that reveals his ingenuity and creativity through his many inventions.

Lasting Impact


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