Thomas Jefferson

By Tonka Dobreva 04.13.2015 interact

Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. As the author of the Declaration of Independence, this American Founding Father and president played a huge role in the formation of the United States.

Born on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson got his start in politics as a lawyer in the House of Burgesses, which was the first legislative body in America. Jefferson was known as a great lawyer and writer, so he was eventually chosen to serve on the Second Continental Congress.

It was during his time in Congress that Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, one of the most famous documents in American history. It was printed and signed on July 4, 1776, the day we now know as Independence Day. The line “all men are created equal” was later used quite often by Abraham Lincoln when he spoke out against the Civil War.

Declaration_independencePhoto Credit: “Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull”/Public Domain


As America continued to fight for independence from Britain in the Revolutionary War, Jefferson was elected as governor of Virginia, then served in Congress again. In 1789, President George Washington asked him to serve as Secretary of State, and he accepted. Jefferson continued to move up in politics, serving as Vice President to John Adams until he was elected as the third President of the United States in 1801.

Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, fifty years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. As a president, founder of the University of Virginia, and the author of several books, he remains one of the most influential people in the history of America. You can learn more about Thomas Jefferson at the following links:


  1. Genesis smith

    He is my favorite president because he made a big role in the decloration of endepence

    • devin drewery


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