Thomas Jefferson And The United States

2492 WordsApr 25, 201610 Pages
Thomas Jefferson To begin with, Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia, to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph, one of Virginia 's most prestigious families. Throughout his long life – he died at eighty-three years old – Thomas Jefferson devoted himself to the building and governing of the United States. He served in a number of positions, from Ambassador to France, Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State, Vice President and as the third president of the United States. Yet, what Thomas wanted to be remembered best was for the founding of University of Virginia, for authoring the Declaration of Independence and as the author for the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. He was the epitome of a Renaissance man, who prided himself on his knowledge of science, agriculture, music and the arts as well as architecture, one of his chief loves. When he was twenty-six years old he inherited a large amount of land from his father on which he built his famous house Monticello. The house sits at the top of a hill near Richmond Virginia, hence its name which literally translates into “beautiful mountain.” Three years later he married Martha Wayles Skelton and together they had a total of six children. However, only two lived to be adults, and Martha died only ten years after their marriage. He never remarried. In addition to the land, Jefferson inherited a number of slaves from his father and father-in-law which totaled approximately 200 in any given
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