The document's social and political ideals were proposed by Jefferson before the inauguration of Washington. He was inspired by the Enlightenment ideals of the sanctity of the individual, as well as by the writings of Locke and Montesquieu.
William and Mary College Lawyer Work: July 4, More than a mere renaissance man, Jefferson may actually have been a new kind of man.
He was fluent in five languages and able to read two others. He wrote, over the course of his life, over sixteen thousand letters. He was acquainted with nearly every influential person in America, and a great many in Europe as well.
He was a lawyer, agronomist, musician, scientist, philosopher, author, architect, inventor, and statesman. Though he never set foot outside of the American continent before adulthood, he acquired an education that rivaled the finest to be attained in Europe.
He was clearly the foremost American son of the Enlightenment. Jefferson was born at Shadwell in Albemarle county, Virginia on April 13, He was tutored by the Reverend James Maury, a learned man, in the finest classical tradition. He began the study of Latin, Greek, and French at the age of 9.
He attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg at sixteen years old, then continued his education in the Law under George Wythethe first professor of law in America who later would sign Jefferson's Declaration in Thomas Jefferson attended the House of Burgesses as a student in when he witnessed Patrick Henry's defiant stand against the Stamp Act.
He gained the Virginia bar and began practice inand was elected to the House of Burgesses in It was there that his involvement in revolutionary politics began. He was never a very vocal member, but his writing, his quiet work in committee, and his ability to distill large volumes of information to essence, made him an invaluable member in any deliberative body.
In when a Virginia convention selected delegates to the Continental Congress, Jefferson was selected as an alternate. This did happen and Jefferson went in his place. Thomas Jefferson had a theory about self governance and the rights of people who established habitat in new lands. This paper he sent on ahead of him.
He fell ill on the road and was delayed for several days. By the time he arrived, his paper had been published as a pamphlet and sent throughout the colonies and on to England where Edmund Burkesympathetic to the colonial condition, had it reprinted and circulated widely.
In Jefferson, then a member of the committee to draft a declaration of independence, was chosen by the committee to write the draft. This he did, with some minor corrections from John Adams and an embellishment from Franklinthe document was offered to the Congress on the first day of July.
The congress modified it somewhat, abbreviating certain wording and removing points that were outside of general agreement.
The Declaration was adopted on the Fourth of July. Jefferson returned to his home not long afterward. His wife and two of his children were very ill, he was tired of being remote from his home, and he was anxious about the development of a new government for his native state.
The nation was still at war, and the southern colonies were under heavy attack.
Jefferson's Governorship was clouded with hesitation. He himself concluded that the state would be better served by a military man. He declined re-election after his first term and was succeeded by General Nelson of Yorktown.
In he retired to Monticello, the estate he inherited, to write, work on improved agriculture, and attend his wife. It was during this time that he wrote Notes on the State of Virginia, a work that he never completed. Martha Jefferson died in September of This event threw Jefferson into a depression that, according to his eldest daughter he might never have recovered from.
Except that Washington called on him in November of to again serve his country as Minister Plenipotentiary to negotiate peace with Gr. He accepted the post, however it was aborted when the peace was secured before he could sail from Philadelphia.
It was in that year that wrote an article establishing the standard weights, measures, and currency units for the United States. He succeeded Franklin as Minister to France the following year.Thomas Jefferson: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Was the Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence and the Third President of the United States - Kindle edition by Captivating History.
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|Early years||For his home state of Virginia he served as governor and member of the House of Delegates and the House of Burgesses as well as filling various local offices — all tallied into almost five decades of public service. He also omitted his work as a lawyer, architect, writer, farmer, gentleman scientist, and life as patriarch of an extended family at Monticello, both white and black.|
|Thomas Jefferson’s Early Years||First Inaugural original text. He had no plans for a permanent two-party system of government.|
|Signers of the Declaration of Independence||Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States.|
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|American in Paris||The date that the Declaration was signed has long been the subject of debate. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams all wrote that it was signed by Congress on the day when it was adopted on July 4,|
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In years following he labored to make its words a reality in Virginia. Thomas Jefferson in Declaration of Independence. BACK; NEXT ; Basic Information.
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Thomas Jefferson (), author of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president, was a leading figure in America’s early development.