Thomas Jefferson is remembered in history not only for the offices he held, but also for his belief in the natural rights of man as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and his faith in the people’s ability to govern themselves. Through his political career, Thomas Jefferson advocated democratic principles and adhered to his liberal ideology. However, as a president he found it difficult to maintain these policies in the noisy arena of politics. Consequently, circumstances forced him to reverse himself in some degree on these concepts.
In 1732, George Washington was born on his father's plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father, Augustine, was a leading planter in the area and also served as a justice of the county court. His father’s first wife died in 1729, leaving him with Augustine Jr., Lawrence, and Jane. George’s father died when he was eleven, leaving most of the property to his two half brothers. There is not much known of George Washington’s education, but it is known that he did not attend college. Most of the children in Virginia were taught at local private schools or by tutors. Boys began school at around the age of seven, learning reading, writing, and basic arithmetic. He married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia. He received his primary education at a nearby churchyard school, and then was sent to boarding school. In his early teens his education came to an end. When he was 16 he got his first job surveying the lands of Shenandoah Valley. He was able to earn money to buy his own land. By the age of 21, he owned more than 1500 acres of land. In 1752 Washington’s older brother Lawrence died, passing down his Mount Vernon estate to George. In 1754, he served as a colonist in the French and Indian War. In 1775, Washington became military advisor for New York. By 1781, Washington forced Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. The war was won (Toward Fact: A Biography). George Washington’s s struggles and accomplishes gave him the military power to defeat Cornwallis at Yorktown by forcing him to surrender, blocking Cornwallis’ escape from Yorktown by land and having a strong army.
In his early life, Washington lived on his father’s plantations, moving several times in his childhood. He was born in 1732 to Augustine and Mary Ball Washington. However, Augustine would die an unexpected death when Washington was 11. Augustine’s death was a profound blow to the whole family. Mary Ball, with no experience in running a plantation, was now left to perform that task, with the assistance of George. Another blow was that George Washington would not be able to receive a higher education as his brothers had, putting him at a disadvantage in that respect.
Historians laud Washington for the selection and supervision of his generals, preservation and command of the army, coordination with the Congress, with state governors and their militia, and attention to supplies, logistics, and training. In battle, however, Washington was repeatedly outmaneuvered by British generals with larger armies. After victory had been finalized in 1783, Washington resigned as commander-in-chief rather than seize power, proving his opposition to dictatorship and his commitment to American
Jefferson has been commonly portrayed as a militant man that was against a capitalist society who destroyed Federalism. Jefferson was given these titles by people who exaggerated or over emphasized the impact of his deeds and henceforth Jefferson’s character was distorted. Jefferson was born into the common wealth of Virginia by his aristocratic parents Peter Jefferson and mother, Jane Randolph. Jane Randolph was also born into a very distinguished family thus making it inevitable for Thomas Jefferson to not already have a highly predetermined social class.
By: Jacob Steinbrenner
The life of Thomas Jefferson is not a boring one. He accomplished things that some people can only dream of. He not only played an important role in the founding of our great nation, but he also learned and discovered things that are still used to this day.
On February 22, 1732, George Washington was born in Westmore County, Virginia to Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. When he was about three, his family moved to Little Creek Potomac and then Ferry Farm in Stafford County, which was along the northern bank of Rappahannock River, where he spent most of his childhood. His father died in 1743 and left his family fifty slaves and ten thousand acres to their name. Washington
One of the most influential Americans our country has ever seen, is Thomas Jefferson. He has played a paramount role in shaping America, even more so than Harriet Tubman or even Karl Marx. While Thomas Jefferson certainly wasn’t perfect, his questionable actions and decisions are far outnumbered by the sheer supply of the services he has done for our country.
Following this mission he was brought to the kings attention, and he was given a lieutenant colonels commission.”3 Washington showed his opposition to Britain started in 1759 when he became a member of Virginia’s House of Burgesses. “He was known to be shy and reserved”4 but he opposed the British rules and regulations that they placed on the Americans and protested the Stamp Act and the Townshend act which in both cases placed taxes on people without consulting them. This was known as taxation without representation. After serving in the House of Burgesses for 15 years he was elected to the Continental congress. “On June 15, 1775 the Continental Congress unanimously elected him general and commander in chief of its army. They chose George because he was respected for his military abilities, his selflessness, and his strong commitment towards colonial freedom.”5 General George Washington led his men and his country too freedom in the American war of independence.