Thomas Jefferson's Presidency

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1137 words
1137 words

Thomas Jefferson was the third American President. Due to the fact that he was such an early President, he influenced our political system greatly, both in the short and long term with his seemingly quiet approach to congressional matters. During his presidency, many things happened that changed the United States as we know it. He coordinated the Louisiana Purchase, assisted in implementing the twelfth amendment, formed the character of the modern American President, and cut the U.S.’s war debt by a third. Jefferson came into office on March 4, 1801 and left office on March 4, 1809. His first term’s vice president was Aaron Burr, and his second term’s vice president was George Clinton. He ran with the Democratic-Republican Party and heavily opposed the Federalist Party. Prior to his election, he had already held many positions in public office; vice president and secretary of state . Because he was preceded only by John Adams and George Washington, Jefferson played a large role in the formation of the character of the American President. For his first inaugural address, according to a reporter, “His dress was, as usual, that of a plain citizen without any distinctive badge of office.” This casual nature showed the American public that he was not a king, but a normal citizen who was there for the people, he was even known as the “Man of the People”. Many other American Presidents used that same style in order to appeal to the public. When Jefferson came into office, he planned to institute the policies of the Democratic-Republicans in domestic affairs. The judicial system had gained a lot of power through the Federalists which forced Jefferson to attempt to shrink their influence. He ultimately prevailed, and even reduce... ... middle of paper ... .... Kindig, Thomas. "Thomas Jefferson." Thomas Jefferson. Independence Hall Association, 4 July 1995. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. . "The Louisiana Purchase." N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013. . "Miller Center." American President: Thomas Jefferson. Ed. Peter Onuf. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. . Summers, Robert S. "Presidents of the United States (POTUS)." Presidents of the United States (POTUS). N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. . United States. Senate. Thomas Jefferson, 1801. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that jefferson was opposed to loose interpretation of the constitution and judicial expansion under marshal, but he did discard his strict principles when it became necessary.
  • Narrates how napoleon bonaparte's advisors advised him to sell the entire territory, claiming it was of no use to them due to the loss of saint dominigue. jefferson and his cabinet pondered if the purchase was constitutional.
  • Explains that thomas jefferson never supported slavery in his life, though he advocated gradual emancipation through a democratic process. he believed that blacks and whites could not coexist.
  • Opines that the united states would not be the east coast states bordered by france, britain, or spain if it weren't for thomas jefferson.
  • Explains that thomas jefferson was the third american president. he influenced our political system greatly, both in the short and long term with his seemingly quiet approach to congressional matters.
  • Describes thomas jefferson's message to the united states senate and house of january 16, 1804.
  • Explains the miller center's american president: thomas jefferson. summers, robert s. "presidents of the united states (potus).
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