Jefferson Memorial, West Potomac Park, Tidal Basin, Washington DC

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

A brief history;

 

  • Thomas Jefferson-the life of

 

  • Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 at Shadwell, Albemarle County, Virginia.

 

  • From 1769 to 1775 he was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. (anti-British faction, which helped set up Virginia Committee of Correspondence)

 

 

  • He attended Continental Congress from 1775-1776, in which he was on the committee to write the Declaration of Independence, becoming it's principal author.

 

 

  • Jefferson was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1776 to 1779, his role started with rewriting state legal code to reflect republican principles concerning landholding, inheritance & criminal law. He also drafted the Virginia Statute for religious freedom with James Madison.

 

  • He was Governor of Virginia from 1779-1781.

 

  • From 1784 to 1789 he held the position of Ambassador to France, it was here that Jefferson studied architecture and Roman ruins which led him to introducing the Classical style to the United States. Notable examples include the Virginia State Capitol, University of Virginia & his home in Monticello.

 

  • He was Secretary of State under the 1st President of the United States, George washington from 1789 to 1793, helping engineer the comprimise to create a new territory for the new capital along the Potomac River.

 

  • Jefferson became Vice President of the United States under President John Adams from 1779-1801, he then defeated John Adams whilst running for his second term in office for the presidency.

 

  • Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

 

  • Jefferson's notable achievements in office included; initiating peaceful transfer of power from one party to another; he oversaw the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States; sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the mouth of the Columbia River; maintained peace by not being drawn into the war between Great Britain & France.

 

  • He lived at Monticello from 1809-1826, drawing up his own plans, supervising it's construction and he outlined the curriculum of the University of Virginia.

 

  • Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826.

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