History of Early America Essay

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The Life of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Albermarle County, Virginia. He went to college at The College of William and Mary. Later, he studied law with George Wythe. Jefferson was elected into the Continental Congress on March 27, 1775. A year later, in 1776 he was chosen to help four other men write the Declaration of Independents. Thomas Jefferson was involved in things such as; law, and politics. He also was a statesman. He was elected Vice President under John Adams, which made him be the second in the history of the United States, in the year of 1797. He served as Vice President from 1797 to 1801. When Jefferson was elected President, he was only 57 year old. He was elected in 1801 right after being the Vice President. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson sent James Monroe and Robert Livingston to buy New Orleans from France, but Napoleon needed money to support the wars in France. so France offered the two men the whole Louisiana Territory plus New Orleans for $15 million, which is about 4 cents an acre. The two men bought the land without telling Jefferson. Jefferson like the idea and told everyone it was a treaty with France. To explore, he sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1803.
The Louisiana Purchase
The Louisiana Purchase is one of the most important because it doubled the size of The United States. In 1802 President Thomas Jefferson sent two men James Monroe and Robert Livingston to buy New Orleans from the France. At…