Thomas Jefferson

Subject: Thomas Jefferson
• At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
• At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
• At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
• At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
• At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
• At 23, started his own law practice.
• At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
• At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.
• At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
• At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
• At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
• At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
• At 40, served in Congress for two years.
• At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
• At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
• At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
• At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
• At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .
• At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
• At 61, was elected to a second term as President. At 65, retired to Monticello .
• At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
• At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
• At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence.

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Jefferson said:

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” Thomas Jefferson

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

12 responses to “Thomas Jefferson

  1. Katarina Ponomaroff

    I actually viewed this video during the time of writing my research paper and I found it very useful. I wrote about Thomas Jefferson for my research paper and I was very capable of relating Thomas Jefferson to the principles of Machiavelli. Jefferson used a lot of the Machiavelli tactics and had a lot of success during his time.

  2. Thomas Jefferson an amazing and influential man I know I can write so much about him. He seems so interesting to read and get to know more about, especially because he was the main writer for The Declaration of Independence. He’s truly an amazing person, plus he was a Founding Father.

  3. Thomas Jefferson is the most influential figure in creating a nation separated from England. He was the main writer of “The Declaration of Independence” that gave everyone rights and equality. He also accomplished a lot in his lifetime and he remains to be one of the greatest Presidents of the United States to this day.

  4. Thomas Jefferson was “a man of any accomplishments”
    great accomplishments at that! he was a brilliant man its amazing that someone could be capable of doing so much in such a short life-span. he is truly motivational

  5. Thomas Jefferson accomplished so much in his. He also became the third president of the united states. He also wrote the declaration of independence.

  6. Thomas Jefferson has accomplished numerous achievements in his lifetime. none more memorable than writing the Declaration of Independence and becoming our third president of the United States of America. While those have only been a select few of his journal full of accomplishments, those accolades have secured the thought of him as one of the greatest and intellectually gifted men that the United States of America has ever seen.

  7. From the beginning Jefferson thought himself to be well educated. Within his life time he accomplished a lot of different things. He knew multiple languages, put himself through school, ran for president and wrote the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was most famous for writing the Declaration of Independence Americas most important documents in. Than in 1896 Jerfferson ran for president but lost to Adams than later ran again and won and was the 3rd president and served two terms than retired.

  8. Thomas Jefferson was a man of many accomplishments. He was the third president of the united stated and author of the Declaration of Independence. He also founded the University of Virginia, along with a bill allowing religious freedom in Virginia. He also led the republican party, opposing all federalist policies.

  9. Thomas Jefferson is mostly known for writing the Declaration of Independence, but he was also a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress and he served in Congress for two years at the age of 40. Along with all of that he also became the third president of the United States. Jefferson was a very educated man. He learned Greek, Latin, and French at the age of nine and studying classical literature and other languages at the age of 14.

  10. Thomas Jefferson was a well educated man who spoke five different languages. He was a white man of many accomplishments. Jefferson was an author, lawyer, statesman, architect, and farmer. Jefferson was also agaist all newspapers. He believed Ads had more to offer than the actual context of the newspaper. As a plantation owner, Jefferson did own slaves. But even though he owned slaves he was against slavery. It was also believed that Jeffereson had an affair with one of his slaves and even had a child. Jefferson is most famous for writing one of the most important documents in American history. On July 4th, 1776 Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. In 1896 Jerfferson ran for president but was beat by John Adams who became the second president. Jefferson ran again and finally he became the 3rd president of the United States of America.

  11. Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington D.C. and then walked to the unfinished capital to deliver his inaugural speech. Besides serving two terms as president, Thomas Jefferson also served as vice- president, Secretary of State, and minister to France, congressional representative, and governor of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson was an educated and intelligent man how was more comfortable writing his words than he was speaking them. Although Jefferson had many accomplishments, Jefferson is remembered most for his authoring the Declaration of Independence.

  12. Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. Before becoming President he served as the first Secretary of State under President Washington for two terms. After that, he became Vice President under President John Adams. He was a man of many accomplishments, very educated, but he always spoke with his pen rather than words. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, reduced National debt, ditched the Excise tax, doubled foreign trade, and was involved in the Louisiana Purchase. Although his only fail was the Embargo Act, he remains one of the greatest Presidents of the United States of America.

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