The Greatest President: Thomas Jefferson Autumn Nicole Thornton Port Orange Elementary 2nd Grade, Teacher Ms. Stubbs February 28, 2011
Important Information Born April 13, 1743 Died July 4, 1826 Married in 1772 to Martha Wayles They had six children together 1st U.S. Secretary of State (1790-1793) 2nd Vice-President of the United States (1797-1801) 3rd President of the United States (1801-1809) Personal Political
Greatest Accomplishment Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. It was ratified on July 4, 1776; which we now recognize as Independence Day. The purpose of this document was to announce our freedom and separation from Great Britain.
Other Notable Accomplishments He began and finished the First Barbary War; the 1st significant over-seas war (1801-1805) He established the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1802 He was founder of the University of Virginia in 1819 He bought the Louisiana Territory from France; which doubled the size of the United States (known as the Louisiana Purchase) He publicly opposed slavery and drafted several proposals to outlaw slavery. In 1807, he signed a bill that abolished the slave trade.
Thomas Jefferson was a talented musician. He would play the violin for hours every afternoon.
Thomas Jefferson was the only two-term President who never vetoed a bill.
Thomas Jefferson is the only president to have a unique tombstone that does not speak of his Presidency.
Thomas Jefferson’s signature:
Thomas Jefferson's Tombstone
University of Virginia Classes began in 1825. One of the most influential writers of all time, Edgar Allen Poe, attended this university in 1826.
References Cowdrill, D. (2008, 10 11). The Greatest President: Thomas Jefferson. Retrieved 02 24, 2011, from BUCF: The Official BUCF Blog: http://bucf.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/the-greatest-president-thomas-jefferson/ Encyclopedia, C. E. (2010). Thomas Jefferson (6th ed.). Columbus: EBSCO Host.