Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas JeffersonDuring his remarkable lifetime, Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) served his country in many capacities — among them, as President of the United States. But ultimately, this great and talented man — an accomplished architect, naturalist, and linguist — wished to be remembered primarily as the author of the Declaration of Independence.
In his autobiography, begun in 1821 at the age of 77, Jefferson presents a detailed account of his young life and the period during which he wrote the Declaration. A first draft of the document is included in this edition, as are his comments on the Articles of Confederation, his experiences as a wartime governor of Virginia, minister to France and observations during the French Revolution. Also featured here are rich remembrances and insights as Jefferson recalls his roles as Washingtons secretary of state and vice president under John Adams, and his life in retirement.
Fascinating as a trove of firsthand recollections by a pillar of American democracy, this highly recommended volume will be welcomed by students, scholars, and any reader interested in American history.
American Presidents Series: Thomas Jefferson Biography
The tension goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson's origins. His mother, Jane Randolph , was from a wealthy family that claimed descent from the kings of Scotland and England. Jane's cousin, Peyton Randolph, was the most important man in the Virginia House of Burgesses and well respected throughout the Thirteen Colonies for his oratorical and political savvy. From his mother's side, Jefferson inherited, at birth, a prominent place in the Virginia aristocracy. His radical streak came from his dad.
Thomas Jefferson April 13, [a] — July 4, was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from to
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Thomas Jefferson's Early Years
Thomas Jefferson , the third president of the United States, was involved in politics from his early adult years. This article covers his early life and career, through his writing the Declaration of Independence , participation in the American Revolutionary War , serving as governor of Virginia, and election and service as Vice-President to President John Adams. Born into the planter class of Virginia, Jefferson was highly educated and valued his years at the College of William and Mary. He became an attorney and planter, building on the estate and 20—40 slaves inherited from his father. He was of possible Welsh descent, although this remains unclear.