The Influences On Thomas Jefferson's Life

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Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in western Virginia at Shadwell plantation (“Thomas Jefferson”). Jefferson spent most of his childhood roaming the woods and studying his books at a plantation in the Virginia Piedmont (“Thomas Jefferson”). At age nine, Jefferson attended boarding school until he was sixteen where he excelled in classical languages. Throughout his childhood, his education was excellent because of his father. Then in 1760, he enrolled in the College of William and Mary were he took classes of science, mathematics, rhetoric, philosophy, and literature (“Thomas Jefferson”). Because of Jefferson’s enrollment in the College of William and Mary, Professor William Small’s thoughts on Enlightenment had influenced Jefferson.
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