The life of Thomas Jefferson

The guy in charge of the Louisiana Purchase, the principal author of The Declaration of Independence, and the man who abolished the slave trade, Thomas Jefferson, was one of the greatest presidents the United States ever had. 


Thomas Jefferson was born on April 2, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia. He had 1 brother and 6 sisters. His father Peter Jefferson, had passed away when Thomas was only 14 years old. They’re are signs to make us believe he was distant from his mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson. Especially after his dad passed away he began doing anything to escape her supervision. 


Jefferson left for the college of William and Mary in 1760 at 17 years old. He was a very good student, spending around 15 hours a day with his school books, 3 hours on his violin, and 6 hours eating and sleeping. He later moved on to the University of Virginia. He soon earned a reputation as a legal scholar. 


In 1768 big changes came to Thomas’s life. First to build a large house for himself, and 2nd to become a candidate for the House of Burgesses. He then led on to have a life in politics. He also then entered the Virginia legislature. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, a beautiful widow. 


Jefferson’s shyness prevented him from playing a major role in debates within Congress. Thomas was incredibly intelligent, but he was shy and that kept him from expressing his thoughts. Which was unfortunate. 


Jefferson wrote the famous line, “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal…that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”

Thomas then went on to become the nation’s first secretary of state, the second vice president, and the third president of the United States. And as president, he facilitates the Louisiana purchase, abolished the slave trade, and helped write the Declaration of Independence.