The Legacy Of Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas jefferson was born on April 1, 1743 in his family home in Sandwell, colony of Virginia. His parents were peter Jefferson, a planter who died when Jefferson was fourteen and his mother Jane Randolph.
Jefferson begin his childhood education with teachers in Tuckahoe. In 1752 he began going to local school. At age nine he started studying Latin,Greek, and French. And was taught between 1758 to 1760 by James Maury in New Gordonsville, Virginia where he studied science. Jefferson entered the college of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, at age 16, and studied mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy under Professor William Small. Jefferson improved his French, Greek, and his skill at the violin. He graduated, two years after starting, in 1762. Admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767 and then lived with his mother at Shadwell. Their he practiced law Jefferson represented Albemarle County as a delegate in the Virginia House of Burgesses From 1769 until 1775. He pursued to slavery. He introduced legislation allowing masters to take control over the emancipation of slaves in 1769. Jefferson invented many small practical devices and improved inventions including a revolving book-stand and a "Great Clock" powered by the gravitational pull on cannonballs. He improved the pedometer- a device that tells the distance traveled on foot by recording the number of steps taken and the polygraph -a device for duplicating writing. Jefferson can also be credited as the creator of the swivel chair.
In 1768 Jefferson began constructing his primary home, Monticello on a hilltop overlooking his 5,000-acre plantation. Construction was done mostly by local masons and carpenters, assisted by Jefferson 's slaves. He moved into the South Pavili...

... middle of paper ... were given Sundays and Christmas off and had more free time during the winter months. Jefferson felt slavery was harmful to both slave and master. During the last hours of his life, he spent it by family members and friends.
On July 4 at 12:50 p.m., Jefferson died at age 83 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and just some hours before the death of John Adams.
Jefferson has been memorialized with buildings, sculptures and money . In the 1920s, Jefferson, with George Washington,Theodore roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, was sculpted into stone at the Mount Rushmore Memorial. Jefferson was remembered as an individual liberty, democracy, and republicanism, hailed as the author of the Declaration of Independence, an architect of the American Revolution, and a renaissance man who promoted science and scholarship.
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