1774 Thomas Jefferson wrote A Summary View of the Rights of British America, an important document in the growing independence movement
1776 Wrote Declaration of Independence, passed after some alteration
1776 Elected to Virginia House of Delegates also appointed to revise Virginia laws.
1777 Drafted Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, passed by General Assembly in 1786. Jefferson later said this was one of his most significant achievements.
1778 Drafted Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge. Education was always a key feature in Jefferson’s belief’s
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
1783 Elected delegate to Congress
1790 -93 Served as first United States Secretary of State.
1797 -1801 Served as United States Vice President.
1801 – 09 Served as United States President.
1805 Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of America
1817 Cornerstone of Central College (later University of Virginia) laid.
1825 University of Virginia opened.
Jefferson wanted his greatest achievements to be written on his tombstone. Jefferson chose these words and these accomplishments
HERE WAS BURIED
AUTHOR OF THE
OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
STATUTE OF VIRGINIA
AND FATHER OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
BORN APRIL 2, 1743 O.S.
DIED JULY 4. 1826
When President John F. Kennedy welcomed forty-nine Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962, saying, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
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