Who Is Thomas Jefferson?

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Who is Thomas Jefferson?

Matthew Backlin

United States History 1 A CP

October 18, 2015

Who was Thomas Jefferson? Most people just think of him as the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence or just one of our many presidents. That’s not the case. Jefferson was more than that, He was a very intelligent man and a loving father and grandfather. Thomas Jefferson was also an inventor and one of the most significant men in the history of making America who we are today.

One of our founding fathers and our third president, Thomas Jefferson was a very well-known man. He was born on April 13th, 1743 in a small town called Shadwell in Virginia. He was born at his father 's tobacco plantation on the Rivanna River, which flows through a gap in a small range called the Southwest Mountains. In 1760 when Jefferson turned 17 he rode to Williamsburg so he could attend the college of William and Mary. (Twilight at Monticello, 14) After college Thomas Jefferson soon founded the University of Virginia. Years later during the Revolutionary war, he decided to write the Declaration of Independence ending the war and declaring America’s independence on July 4th. His presidential term lasted for exactly eight years from March 4th, 1801 to March 4th, 1809. Jefferson died on July 4th, 1846 at the age of 83 in Charlottesville, Virginia. During his last 17 years of his life, Jefferson remained in Monticello. (Monticello, 1)

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