October 1st, 2013
Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, a founding father and author to the Declaration of Independence. He was an excellent politician and was a member of the first continental congress. He also served as a vice president to the second president John Adams. During his presidency Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase and sent Lewis and Clark to explore the west. He was a very intelligent man as well; he fluently spoke five languages and was interested in many fields of study, such as religion and science. After his presidency his academic interests led him to establish the University of Virginia in 1819. Although Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves to work on his estate he actually opposed it, but he never tried to take political action and emancipate slaves. Many scholars consider Jefferson one of the greatest presidents of all time, and there are many factual reasons for that statement.
Thomas was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He was the third of ten children; his parents were Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph. Peter was a planter and surveyor, his mother was the daughter to a ship captain and planter. Thomas’ brother Randolph was his only brother to survive infancy, he like Thomas inherited land when their father died. His sister Lucy was the eighth of ten children and was 9 years younger than Thomas, she married her first cousin Charles Lewis. At a young age Jefferson learned Latin, French and Greek; he became fascinated by studying nature. At the age of 16 he studied at the College of William and Mary, here he met his law professor George Wythe, who has great influence on Thomas’ life. Under his professor William Small he studied mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy. Small, also introduced Jefferson to the writings of John Locke, Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton. Early in his career Jefferson was a lawyer in Virginia, with his friend and mentor George...