Thomas Jefferson Biography


Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President, was a man of many talents and characteristics. He is remembered in history not only for the offices he held, but for his superb literary talents, his high morals and, unfortunately, his hypocrisy. Though not flawless, Jefferson’s contributions helped define American society and the lives of the American people both of his time and the modern world. (1) Events and occurrences help present his most outstanding qualities.
Born into a wealthy plantation family on April 13, 1743, Jefferson was the third child in a family of six sisters and one brother. From his father and his environment he developed an interest in botany, geology, cartography ...

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also wrote many other documents dealing with the colonial protest of British rule. (3) A Summary View of the Rights of British America was a pamphlet denying right of Parliament to rule over the colonies. Jefferson proved to be an able writer of laws and resolutions because he was very concise and straight the point. (4) Jefferson was often turned to when skill with a pen was needed, as in the Declaration of Independence, but he also used his talent when his wished to voice his own opinions of what the principles of the nation should be.
Most of Jefferson’s values were expressed in his draft of the Declaration of Independence. It stated his belief in the natural rights of man and his faith in the people’s ability to govern themselves. (5) Jefferson believed himself to be a person who was doing what was morally right, not for the fame that would accompany it. In fact, he did not want to write the Declaration of Independence to begin with and was pressured into writing it. He ...

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