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George Washington (April 1743-July 1826) Third President of the United States
Jefferson was born at Shadwell in what is now Albemarle County, Virginia, on April 13, 1743. He treated his pedigree lightly, but his mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, came from one of the first families of Virginia; his father, Peter Jefferson, was a well-to-do landowner, although not in the class of the wealthiest planters. Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary from 1760-62 and then studied law. In 1769 he began six years of service as a representative in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Around somewhere in the 18th century Jefferson owned more than 100 slaves. He hated slavery but thought blacks were inferior in “body and mind” to whites. If freed, he believed, they should be sent to Africa; otherwise, abolition would result in racial warfare or, even worse, racial “mixture.” Yet in his own lifetime, Jefferson was known to have sexual relationships with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings. He fell in love with this woman...
In the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, Jefferson contributed his reasons with pen rather than his voice to the patriot cause. As the "silent member" of the Congress, Jefferson, at the age of 33, he was famous for drafting the Declaration of Independence. Another thing he was famous for was in the years following, he labored to make its words a reality in Virginia. He then wrote a bill establishing religious freedom, which became enacted in 1786. Jefferson then succeeded Benjamin Franklin as minister to France in 1785. Therefore, Jefferson than resigned in 1793.
Although the Constitution made no provision for the acquisition of new land, Jefferson suppressed his qualms, an uneasy feeling of doubt over constitutionality when he had the opportunity to acquire the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon in 1803, which was known as the Louisiana Purchase. During Jefferson's second term, he was increasingly preoccupied with keeping the people safe and preventing war and he was against slavery and wanted democracy, equal peace and prosperity.
Thomas Jefferson's contributions impacted today's world with many of his actions. The Louisiana Purchase was one of them. The Louisiana Purchase was one of the largest deals in history. In 1803, the United States paid approximately $15 million dollars for over 800,000 square miles of land.This impacted us because people started buying and building toward the rivers in Mississippi for fertile soil and land. This land deal was known to be the greatest achievement of Thomas Jefferson's presidency, but also posed a major philosophical problem for him. Another one of his actions that changed today's world is the fact he owned slaves and signed the Declaration of Independence. This was actually the most major impact because it was a contradictory move. This constitution was all about every man having equal rights, and even though today we still have racism and hindrance, it still showed us people that no one follows the law because if a great man such as Thomas Jefferson could own slaves after he opposed of it, it means that others can feel they can comprehend it as well.
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