Thomas Jefferson's rise to fame began in 1774 when he wrote the "Summary View of the Rights of British America." This document made him a well-known voice in the argument for American independence from England.Know More
In 1776, Jefferson was one of five people chosen by the Second Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence. This helped him become well-known as one of the Founding Fathers of America. Jefferson also became well-known as an advocate for the separation of the church and state, an idea which he advocated in the Virginia Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, and which was incorporated into the Constitution. Jefferson was also known as an advocate for free public education, another idea that affected the entire nation.
One aspect of Jefferson's fame was negative in his own lifetime: his escape from British troops during the Revolutionary War. Many saw the event as a cowardly refusal of Jefferson to stand his ground against the enemy, and Jefferson's reputation suffered due to this for the rest of his life. Fortunately, most of his later fame was from positive events, such as his serving as the American minister to France, serving as the Secretary of State for President George Washington and becoming the third President of the United States.Learn more about US History
The next man to take the American presidency after Thomas Jefferson was James Madison. Madison was the 4th president of the United States and served from 1809 to 1817.Full Answer >
Thomas Jefferson was protective of his personal life, making it difficult to develop a clear picture of his personality traits, but it is clear from history that he was creative, ambitious and a deep thinker. In addition to politics, he was highly interested in architecture and religion.Full Answer >
Thomas Jefferson is one of the Founding Father of the United States. He was an accomplished but quiet man. Jefferson was known for promoting his thoughts and ideas through his writing, rather than with speeches.Full Answer >
Benjamin Banneker's letter to Thomas Jefferson, written in 1791 when Jefferson was Secretary of State, argues that Jefferson should abandon his pro-slavery stance and support the abolition of slavery. Banneker, a free African-American astronomer, mathematician, scientist and writer, published his letter and Jefferson's response in a 1793 almanac.Full Answer >