Thomas Jefferson


The third president of the United States, a diplomat, statesman, architect, scientist, and philosopher, is one of the most eminent figures in American history. No leader in the period of the American Enlightenment was as articulate, wise, or conscious of the implications and consequences of a free society as .
was born on April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, a tobacco plantation in Virginia. His father, Peter Jefferson, was a self-made success, and although uneducated he was a very intelligent man. His mother, Jane Randolph was a member of one of the most distinguished families in Virginia . Peter Jefferson died when Thomas was 14 and left him valuable lands and property. Denied a formal ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

began his political career. He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgess in 1769, where his first action was an unsuccessful bill allowing owners to free their slaves.
The impending crisis in British-Colonial relations overshadowed routine affairs of legislature. In 1774, the first of the Intolerable Acts closed the port of Boston until Massachusetts paid for the Boston Tea Party of the preceding year. Jefferson and other younger members of the Virginia Assembly ordained a day of fasting and prayer to demonstrate their sympathy with Massachusetts. Thereupon, Virginia's Royal Governor Dunmore once again dissolved the assembly (Koch and Peden 20). The members met and planned to call together an inter-colonial congress. Jefferson began writing resolutions which were radical and better written than those from other counties and colonies. Although his resolutions were considered too revolutionary and not adopted, they were printed and widely circulated and subsequently all important ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.


Already a member? Login

into the laws of Virginia by separating Church and State by writing the "Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom."

In June of 1779, Jefferson was elected Governor of Virginia. He commenced his career as a public executive, confident of his abilities, assured of the respect and almost the affection of his commonwealth. However, he took up his duties at a time when the British were raiding Virginia. General George Washington did not have resources available to send to Virginia. Jefferson, during one of the raids, narrowly escaped capture at the hands of the British troops; and the legislators were forced to flee from their new capital city of Richmond. Jefferson, as head of the state, ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


CITE THIS PAGE:

Thomas Jefferson. (2005, July 9). Retrieved December 6, 2019, from http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Thomas-Jefferson/29805
"Thomas Jefferson." Essayworld.com. Essayworld.com, 9 Jul. 2005. Web. 6 Dec. 2019. <http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Thomas-Jefferson/29805>
"Thomas Jefferson." Essayworld.com. July 9, 2005. Accessed December 6, 2019. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Thomas-Jefferson/29805.
"Thomas Jefferson." Essayworld.com. July 9, 2005. Accessed December 6, 2019. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Thomas-Jefferson/29805.
JOIN NOW
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays


PAPER DETAILS
Added: 7/9/2005 05:01:32 PM
Category: Biographies
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 2145
Pages: 8

Save | Report

SHARE THIS PAPER

SAVED ESSAYS
Save and find your favorite essays easier

SIMILAR ESSAYS
Thomas Jefferson'S Life: Tell I...
Thomas Jefferson: The Man, The
George Washington And Thomas Je...
Thomas Jefferson's Accomplishme...
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Biography
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Response To ...
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2019 Essayworld. All rights reserved