thomas jefferson Essay

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Thomas Jefferson was Born on April 13, 1743,on a farm called Shadwell, what is now called Monticello, in the county of Albermarle, Virginia. Jefferson was the third child in the family and grew up with six sisters and one brother. At the age of five, Jefferson was placed by his father, Peter Jefferson, at an "English school, for four years, where he developed an interest in botany, geology, cartography, and North American exploration". After English school, was transferred to a Latin school, where he remained five years under the watchful eye of Mr. Douglass, a clergyman from Scotland. This is were he found and developed a love for Greek and Latin, which helped him acquired at the same time a knowledge of the French. At this…show more content…
he was very straight to the point in his writings. Jefferson soon became a member in a group which opposed and took action in the aurguments between Britain and the colonies." Together with other patriots, the group met in the Apollo Room of Williamsburg's famous Raleigh Tavern in 1769 and formed a nonimportation agreement against Britain, vowing not to pay import duties imposed by the Townshend Acts."(      Back at his home in Shadwell Virginia, he designed and supervised the building of his home in Monticello, on a nearby hill. He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769. In 1770 Jefferson met Martha Wayles Skelton, a wealthy widow of 23, and married her in 1772. They settled in Monticello and had one son and five daughters. Only two of his children, Martha and Mary, survived until their adulthood. Saddly, Mrs. Martha Jefferson died September 1782 becuse of illness since the birth of their last daughter , leaving Thomas to take care of his two remaining children. When Jefferson arrived in Philadelphia in June, 1775, as a Virginia delegate to the Second Continental Congress, he already possessed, as John Adams remarked, "a reputation for literature, science, and a happy talent of composition" (Koch and Peden 21).When he returned in 1776, he was appointed to the five-man

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