Ten fun facts about Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia.
He learned all he could from Reverend James Maury and left home in 1760 to attend the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia’s capital.
Jefferson won admission to the Virginia bar in 1767 and was one of the most learned lawyers in America at that time.
He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1768 and joined its radical bloc, led by Patrick Henry and George Washington (1769 to 74.)Fact 5
From 1775 - 76 Jefferson attended the Second Continental Congress which created the Continental Army as its commander-in-chief.Fact 6
After authoring the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson returned to Virginia where from 1776 to 1779 he served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.Fact 7
Jefferson was the Governor of Virginia from 1779 to 81. He was Minister to France from 1785 to 89.Fact 8
Jefferson became the third President of the United States on March 4, 1801. He reduced the federal budget moving power back into the hands of the states and lowered taxes which made him popular.Fact 9
Jefferson served a second term as president when he worked mostly to keep the US out of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe.Fact 10
Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 in Monticello in Virginia. Click here for more people facts ❯
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