Thomas Jefferson Third president of the USA By Kings Floyd
Background info(surprise me) He was born April 13, 1743 and died July 4, 1826, both in VA He was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statue of Religious Freedom for VA He created the University of Virginia He built a house called Monticello when he was 26 years old
Background info Continued He married Martha WaylesSkeltonat 29 years old, and they were married ten years before she died They had 6 children, but only two of them made it to adulthood He owned about 200 slaves in a year, and in total he set about five of them free, not including two hat escaped (he didn’t pursue them)
Accomplishments TJ was probably most know in his first term for the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803. He lowered the National debt, internal taxes were reduced, and the Alien and Sedition acts were lapsed. His second term was more difficult, because he tried to keep the Neutrality in tack while the British and French were pitted against each other. In his second term he also dispatched supported the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Accomplishment Grade All in all, TJ accomplished many great feats while in office. He doubled the size of the US, AND he tried his best to keep neutral. Overall, that deserves at least an A A Accomplishments;
Foreign affairs There were not many interactions with foreign affairs in his first term to speak of. However in his 2nd term, there was the conflict between the British and the French. Jefferson tried to remain neutral, and tried not to appease or side with either of the two parties. He ended up making his own side, owing to the Chesapeake incident.
Foreign affairs The Chesapeake incident was where the British ship Leopard opened fire on the US ship USSChesapeake when the British suspected it was holding deserters. The ship was severely damaged, and many profits were lost because of damaged goods.
Foreign affairs Because of the Chesapeake incident, TJ established the Embargo act. It prohibited any importing and exporting of goods, and was designed to open the British and French eyes. All it did was make the American economy suffer. A Effort; Actual effectiveness; C-
Crisis Management All in all, Jefferson handled the crisis between the French and the British relatively well. He did not act until acted upon, and he did not make any rash decisions. Other than that there were no major crisis during his time in office. Overall crisis grade; B
Cabinet of President Thomas Jefferson March 4, 1801-March 3, 1805 (Term 1) State; James Madison Treasury; Samuel Dexter Albert Gallatin (from May 14, 1801) War; Henry Dearborn Navy; Benjamin Stoddert Robert Smith (from July 27, 1801) Attorney General; Levi Lincoln March 4, 1805-March 3, 1809 (Term 2) State; James Madison Treasury; Albert Gallatin War; Henry Dearborn Navy; Robert Smith Attorney General; John Breckinridge Caesar Augustus Rodney (from January 20, 1807) B+ Why a B+? Because he might have had more success in his second term if he had kept more of the people from his first term
Vision Thomas Jefferson, of course, wrote the Declaration Of Independence, and that’s where most of his vision started. He wanted a radical vision of liberty, and he agreed that no law should be able to take it away. He said; “If laws don’t protect liberty, then the laws are illegitimate, and people may rebel” He wanted the people to be free and equal. Grade for Vision; A+