While serving as Governor, Jefferson wrote Notes on the State of Virginia (1785) where he proposed a three-fold process of education, emancipation (after the age of 45, to repay the slaveholder 's investment), and colonization of free blacks to locations in Africa. Jefferson supported this process as he believed that blacks and whites could not live together as free people in one society because of resentments over slavery. This would become a popular emancipation belief until the Civil War, one that later President Lincoln would endorse.
In 1781, the United state created the Continental Congress to which Jefferson served as delegate for Virginia. Jefferson served as chairman to many committees, which produced the Land Ordinance of 1784 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. The Northwest ordinance was arguably the most important act of the Continental Congress. The act called for prohibition of slavery in the territory had the practical effect of establishing the Ohio River as the boundary between free and slave territory in the region between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. It also established the precedent by which the Federal government would be sovereign and expand westward with the admission of new states, rather than with the expansion of existing states.
In 1783, Jefferson was sent to France as a minster along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Within the past years, Jefferson lost 3 children and in 1782, lost his wife. Many believed the assignment would detract Jefferson from the string of deaths. Jefferson took his young daughter Patsy and two servants to France, but notably on the 19 day j...
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... most representative of American democracy by historical association. The campus had no chapel included in the original plans, the campus being centered about a library rather than a church.
In 1825, Jefferson became very ill which progressed in 1826, leaving Jefferson bed ridden. On July 3, he was overcome with a fever and he gave directions for his funeral, forbidding any parade or large service. At one point, surrounded by his family and doctor, Jefferson uttered " I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God, – my daughter to my country". Jefferson passed away the following day on July 4th, the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Lifelong friend John Adams also passed away that day with his last words being "Independence forever," and "Thomas Jefferson survives.".
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