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Thomas Jefferson, by Thomas Sully

Thomas Jefferson's interests and talents covered an amazing range. He was one of the foremost architects of his time, a scientific farmer, and an inventor. His interest in natural science led him to help finance the excavation of a mammoth. His excellent library became the nucleus of the Library of Congress. He drafted Virginia's civil code, and founded its state university. After all but single-handedly writing the Declaration of Independence, he served as Governor of Virginia, and then as the country's first Secretary of State, its second Vice-President, and its third President.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Shadwell April 13, 1743 Born at Shadwell, the family farm in Albemarle County, Virginia.
  ~1745 Moved with family to Tuckahoe.
  1762 Graduated from William and Mary College.
  1762-1767 Studied law under George Wyeth.
  1767 Admitted to the bar.
Monticello 1769 Began building Monticello.
  1769-1774 Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  1770 The main house at Shadwell burned to the ground; moved to Monticello.
  January 1, 1772 Married Martha Wayles Skelton.
  1774 Became the owner of the Natural Bridge.
  1775-1776 Served in the Second Continental Congress.
  1776-1779 Returned to the Virginia House of Delegates.
  1779-1781 Served as Governor of Virginia.
  September 6, 1782 Mrs. Martha Jefferson died.
  1783-1785 Served in the Continental Congress.
  1785-1789 Served as Minister to France.
  1789 Named Secretary of State.
  1796 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
Overview of Thomas Jefferson's Administration 1800 Elected President of the United States.
  1809 Finished construction of Monticello.
  1819 Founded the University of Virginia.
Jefferson's grave July 4, 1826 Died at Monticello.

See Also

Secretary of State

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