How Did Thomas Jefferson Contribute To The Declaration Of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson was one of our countrieś founding fathers and one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was an inspiration and an outstanding writer. Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia along with his 6 sisters and 1 brother. His father, Peter Jefferson was a successful planter and surveyor while his mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson came from a prominent family in Virginia. When Jefferson was at the age of 9 he began his formal studies with a former minister and now Jefferson’s teacher. He lived with him for 9 months. When Thomas Jefferson was at the age of 17, he enrolled at the College of William and Mary. Thomas studied law under a man named George Wythe. When Jefferson’s father …show more content…

In 1768 he began to clear a mountaintop on the property to prepare for the building of a brick mansion that he would later build and name Monticello. He was very interested in gardening and architecture. On January 1, 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton. They moved to Monticello and had six children. Martha died in 1782 and he never remarried. Jefferson contributed to gaining independence from Britain in many ways. He was a lead figure in the Revolutionary War along with his friend John Adams creating plans. In 1775 he was selected to be delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He thought that the National Government should have a limited role in controlling the colonies, so they didn't end up like Britain. After that, he was one of the primary authors of one of the best writings in history: the Declaration of Independence. In 1779 he was the governor of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson helped the colonies to be their own country by taking an active role in government. After he helped them become Independent he became the new nationś first Secretary of State. He was also our countryś second vice president and third president. He was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. By purchasing all the land the French had taken called the Louisiana Territory he almost doubled the amount of land of the

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