Born on April 13, 1743 in the Colony of Virginia to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph—Thomas Jefferson was the third of ten other children. Jefferson’s father was unable to have a formal education, so it was important to his parents that Jefferson had the opportunity to have one for himself. As a result, at the young age of five, Jefferson entered English School—Within his studies it was evident Jefferson was excelling and at the age of nine he began attending a school run by Scottish Presbyterian Ministers. Along with his general studies, Jefferson fell in love with linguistics and nature. With this he began studying Latin, Greek, and French as he became quite the equestrian taking his horses on the trail every day. When it came time to attend college, Jefferson entered the College of William & Mary and focused his studies primarily on politics and philosophy. After his undergraduate studies he was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767 and worked for The Virginia House of Burgesses where he pursued slavery reform.
After practicing law for quite a while and serving as the secretary of state he began dabbling in political writing—and he became the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, which were the political ideas proposed before the inauguration of George Washington. Later, he became one of the youngest delegates of the second continental congress as the American Revolutionary War started. After he got the political views and concepts of the declaration more popularized, he began to serve as state legislature and gained quite a bit of popularity within his position and was later elected Virginia State Governor, where he gained major wealth and political power for the state. After the Revolutionary War the Congress of the Confederation was formed and Jefferson became a member of it—primarily dealing with land expansion and slave boundaries. In 1796, Jefferson ran for president and lost to John Adams, but due to the close popular vote percentage he was elected to serve as his vice president. As he served under Adams, he was able to aid in the re-building of the military and levying of taxes. In 1800 he ran again and won by a tie splitter within the House of Representatives.
Once Jefferson started his presidency, he began national reformation right away. Jefferson wanted to bring mass reorganization to the executive branch and launched new laws and limits for the military to do so. Jefferson was also responsible for the biggest land expansion in U.S. history—better known as the Louisiana Purchase. Within his humongous national purchase he received Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, a small portion of Minnesota, land west of the Mississippi river, and small portions of land within Canadian Provinces for the low price of $15 Million dollars. Overall, Jackson was the best thing that happened to the country on a financial, expansional, and social level.
After serving two terms, President Jackson remained influential in both national and state politics. Unfortunately, Jackson passed away on June 8, 1845 at the age of 78 from heart failure. Jefferson’s legacy was so great he will live on forever and always live in the hearts of our nation.
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