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Transcript of Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson was born in Albemarle County, Virginia in 1743. His father was a surveyor and a planter who owned 5,000 acres of land. Thomas was a very smart man which lead him into attending William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. After attending college Thomas became very intrested in politics but his career path was in philosophy (the study of knowledge and reality)
Thomas was the third president of the United States (1801-1809) and he served two terms. During his presidency, Jefferson did many great things. One of the most important that helped shape America today was The Louisana Purchase. In this time he bought all of the western terriotories from France for fifteen million dollars. In present day that would cost about $215,134,804 and that is all of the land from Ohio to California! Shortly after buying the piece of land (second term) Thomas got two people, Lewis and Clark, to explore the land west of the Mississippi that the French hadn't settled in yet.
After serving his two terms Thomas Jefferson decided to move back to his house, Monticello, which is in Charlottesville, Virginia. During that time he started to construct plans for the University of Virginia. Eventually UVA was built in 1819.
Shortly after his return to Monticello, in 1819, he built his college, The University of Virginia. After a short amount of time Thomas Jefferson died of old age, 83. His death was on July 4, 1826. He died a writer, a knowledgable man, a book worm, and a president. One of my favorite quotes by him is, "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." I feel that this quote completley describes Jefferson. He was such a smart, wise person that could speak words with a pen and ink. Thomas Jefferson was a very important president of the United States and in my opinion the most active to help our country grow.
Jeffereson learned a lot during college but had to leave his studies because of the war. However, he used all of his knowledge to help the rebel cause. He atteneded both Continental Congresses and contributed more with his pen than his voice. His softspoken intelligence helped with the drafting of The Declaration of Independence.
In 1790 Jefferson became Secretary of State but, resigned in 1793 because of on ongoing conflict with Alexander Hamilton. In 1796 Thomas was one of five president canidates to run and lost by three votes and became Vice President to John Adams. Later, in 1801, he won the election and became president.
By, Emily Knabel