Thomas Jefferson Report Essay Research Paper Man

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Thomas Jefferson Report Essay, Research Paper Man of the People Thomas Jefferson was born, April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, in what is now Albemarle County, Virginia. His mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, came from one of the first families of Virginia, and his father, Colonel Peter Jefferson, was a large landowner as well as a noted explorer. Jefferson was well educated privately in his early years. He studied Latin and Greek before going to the College of William and Mary at the age of 17, in 1760. He learned French early and afterwards acquired knowledge of Italian and Spanish. He then completed college in 1762, and studied law under George Wythe for five years. At the age of 24 he was admitted to the bar, and was successful as a lawyer until the American Revolution closed the

courts. Even though his profession came to an end, he was chiefly supported by the income from the farms inherited from his father. His lands were doubled by the inheritance of his wife, Martha Wayles Skelton, whom he married January 1, 1772 Jefferson built a house, which he called Monticello, meaning ?Little Mountain?. He started to build this house in 1770 on the land he inherited from his father. The mansion, which he designed, took years to complete, but part of it was ready for occupancy when he married Martha. The couple had six children, two of whom survived into adulthood: Martha Washington Jefferson (1772-1836), Jane Randolph Jefferson (1774-75), an infant son (1777), Mary Jefferson (1778-1804), Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1780-81), Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson (1784).

Jefferson?s credentials prior to becoming president prepared him well. Jefferson served as a delegate to the Virginia House of Burgesses, he was on the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1776, where he drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776,and became delegate to the Virginia general Assembly in 1776. He also held such positions as Governor of Virginia in 1779, as well as, an American minister to France from 1784 to 1789, served as Secretary of state from 1789 to 1793, and served as Vice-President under John Adams from 1793 to 1801. During Jefferson?s Presidency the most noted accomplishment was United States Purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803. He also launched the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark that reached the Pacific Ocean

in 1805. Jefferson was also involved in a scandal that you wouldn?t expect from a president. Jefferson was a man of high stature and many people didn?t want to believe that Jefferson had a relationship with one of his slaves, named Sally Hemings. Sally Hemings was born in 1772 and she was the illegitimate half-sister of Jefferson?s wife, Martha, the offspring of a relationship between John Wayles and Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings, also a slave. Sally became Jefferson?s property when he inherited the Wayles estate in 1774, and arrived at Monticello as a little girl in 1776. In her early Childhood, Hemings acted as a nurse to Jefferson?s daughter, Mary, a custom in slave culture. Then in 1787, Jefferson, a widower, who was then the U.S. ambassador to France, summoned his daughter Maria

to live with him. Her young attendant, Sally, who was then about 13, accompanied Maria. Sally?s son Madison, who was born in 1805, said at the end of his life that his mother, became Jefferson?s concubine in Paris. When the Jefferson family returned in 1789 to Virginia, Sally was 16 or 17, and pregnant, according to Madison Jefferson. New studies say that the child that she had soon after her return was not genetically linked to Jefferson. Within the larger world the dominant response will be Jefferson is more human, to regard this as evidence of his frailties, frailties that seem more like us. The urge to regard him as an American icon will overwhelm any desire to take him off his pedestal. Jefferson was clever and proved this through inventing many things, but his most notable