“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
Born : April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia
Died : 4th July, 1826 at the age of 83 in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
7 Interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson :
1) Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the ‘Declaration of Independence‘ and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.
2) He was born on 13th April, 1743 at Shadwell, Virginia. He was the eldest son of Peter Jefferson, a farmer and Jane Randolph. He graduated from the College of William & Mary. Jefferson practiced law and served in local government as a magistrate, county lieutenant, and member of the House of Burgesses in his early professional life and the times defending slaves seeking their freedom.
3) On June 1, 1779, the Virginia legislature elected Jefferson as the state’s second governor. His two years as governor proved the low point of Jefferson’s political career.
4) The election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 was a landmark of world history, the first peacetime transfer of power from one party to another in a modern republic.
5) He became the United States Minister to France in May 1785, and subsequently the nation’s first Secretary of State in 1790–1793 under President George Washington. He was also the founder of the University of Virginia.
6) With Madison, he anonymously wrote the controversial Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798–1799, which sought to embolden states’ rights in opposition to the national government by nullifying the Alien and Sedition Acts.
7) As President, Jefferson pursued the nation’s shipping and trade interests against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies. He also organized the Louisiana Purchase, almost doubling the country’s territory. Jefferson refuted the contemporary notion that Indians were an inferior people and maintained that they were equal in body and mind to people of European descent. On July 4, 1826 Jefferson died at age 83 on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and only a few hours before the death of John Adams.