A Brief History of Thomas Jefferson

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Jefferson was the third president of the United States, who wrote the “Declaration of independence.” He was born in 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia. He studied law, and, in 1767, was admitted to Virginia Bar. He was also a member of Virginia’s Lower House legislature “House of Burgesses.”

He was gifted with political sense and other talents. He knew around six foreign languages. He was good in natural science and mathematics. He was a successful planter like his father and did scientific farming.

He advocated education on the legislative level. He proposed that students, who are well in the study, must be granted a scholarship. He believed that religious tolerance and separation from politics should be instituted. The impact of his views is seen in Virginia legislation followed by Bills of rights when the Church is separated from state affairs and later country’s.

Jefferson remained ambassador of France from 1784 to 1789. The time when the constitution was written and ratified. After returning, he was appointed as Secretary of the State, and a member of the cabinet. He had strong disagreements with Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of Treasure, over his financial Plan, which became the cause of schism after. Later, American Politics was divided into two parts wherein the one side, Federalist, led by John Adams, and another side, Democratic-Republic, led by Thomas Jefferson.

He became the candidate for the presidency after George Washington, but couldn’t win, and his counterpart John Adams was elected as the Second President of the US. However, he competed again in the next election and was elected as the President in 1800.

He was a more moderate president; whose presidency constitutes conciliation. Among all his achievements, Louisiana Purchase is one of the most significant events owing to it is history’s peaceful handover of the vast land. The territory was brought from France owing to Napoleon Bonaparte needing finance for the wars. The purchase was also a great success of diplomatic negotiations made by the delegates of America in France “Robert Livingston” and “James Monroe.”

Jefferson was reelected in 1804 as the president but didn’t run again for the presidency after. He continued the set precedence of George Washington as no more than two terms. He died on July 4, 1826, at the age of 83.