Was Thomas Jefferson A Good President

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In our classes and books, we are taught that Thomas Jefferson was one of the most influential people in our country’s history. There is absolutely no doubt that Jefferson was influential, but he is also extremely controversial. We have been debating whether or not Jefferson was a good president for ages. I am writing this to explain why I strongly believe that Jefferson was not just a good, but a great president. Although Thomas Jefferson had many personal flaws and imperfections, he did amazing things for our country. Without Jefferson, our country would be completely different from the place that we are so incredibly proud of today. Jefferson grew up with a very wealthy family in western Virginia. Jefferson had a great education, excelling…show more content…
When Jefferson was president, he influenced our country in many ways. One of his accomplishments was the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, Jefferson officially bought 828,000,000 square miles of territory for $15,000,000. This purchase doubled the size of the United States. This also gave the U.S. control of the Mississippi River and the port city of New Orleans, both used by farmers to ship their crops and bring them to market. During his presidency, Jefferson reduced the United States’ debt from 80 million dollars to 42 million dollars. Jefferson did this by cutting unnecessary jobs in the executive branch. He also reduced the number of ambassadors and dismissed all of the tax inspectors. Many people liked Jefferson during his presidency because he planned to cut the people’s taxes. Jefferson truly cared about the people in the country and that is one of the most important traits in a successful president. One of Jefferson’s accomplishments outside of his presidency is that he wrote the Declaration of Independance in 1776. This document marked the independence of the 13 colonies from the British Monarchy. Jefferson wrote that there should be a separation between religion and state, which was passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 1786. The Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom marks this law, which Jefferson drafted. In 1819, Jefferson found the University of Virginia. Jefferson valued education as a necessity. Jefferson strongly believed in and laid the foundation for free public
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