Thomas Jefferson's Accomplishments



Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and
third President of the United States, was the nation's greatest champion of
representative democracy and the rights of man. He was a philosopher,
educator, naturalist, politician, scientist, architect, inventor, musician,
and writer. His interests were boundless, and his accomplishments were
great and varied. Through his writings and speeches, he communicated his
brilliant ideas of independence, democracy, and philosophy. Three of his
most important accomplishments were the Declaration of Independence, the
acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, and the founding of the University
of Virginia.
To many people, Thomas ...

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free and independent states. Since solely Jefferson wrote
it, the declaration held the essence of his ideals, and he spent the rest
of his life applying its principles to the new American government.
Jefferson's chief accomplishment as president was the Louisiana
Purchase. This land which once belonged to France, is close to one-third
of the amount of land that makes up the United States today. In the early
years of the United States, Louisiana was of concern chiefly because it
bordered the Mississippi River, which was vital to U.S. trade. Around 1762
France had ceded the land to Spain, and in 1800, there were rumors that
Spain was about to cede it back to France. Jefferson knew this was not
good news. Relations between the United States and France were still
unfriendly, and France had the power to cut off American shipping at New
Orleans, at the mouth of the Mississippi. In 1802 the cession was
confirmed. Jefferson called the resulting crisis "the most important ...

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