Thomas Jefferson

Essay by mob1217High School, 10th gradeA+, December 2004

download word file, 2 pages 0.0

On April 13, 1743 in Albermate, Virginia, one of the most phenomenal presidents was born. Thomas Jefferson did so much for America that he is often taken for granted and also overshadowed. His father was a planter and surveyor and his mother had a high social standing. Throughout his life he was a mediocre student and he studied at the College of William and Mary; he studied law. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton. They lived in Jefferson's infamous house, Monticello.

Jefferson was tall and awkward with freckles and sandy hair. When he was in the Continental Congress and Virginia House of Burgesses he was declared the "silent member". He did not publicly speak for he was not talented at speaking. Although he was not a great speaker, he usually spoke with his words; he was exceptionally good writer. At the age of thirty-three he wrote the Declaration of Independence and was at the forefront of creating the United States of America. Some government positions he held were the minister to France in 1875, Secretary of State in President Washington's Cabinet, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and member of the Continental Congress.

In 1796 Jefferson was a reluctant candidate for Presidency. Jefferson lost his first race because of a flaw in the Constitution and became the Vice-President to President Adams, who was his opponent. But Jefferson later became the third president and during his presidential term he cut Army and Navy expenditures and also cut the budget. He eliminated the tax on whiskey and reduced the national debt by one-third. He fought Barbary pirates who threatened America.

He further protected America and expanded it by purchasing the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon in 1803. During his second term he was trying to prevent the nation from...