Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross GiblinNow available in paperback for the first time, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling relate the story of our nations third president and author of the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson was a soft-spoken man. But his contributions to American democracy live on as bold reminders of his formidable intellect and spirit. Son of a wealthy famer, young Thomas was a studious boy who shared his fathers love of books. He was painfully shy about speaking up in school, especially when other children taunted him. By age 16, though, Thomas had entered college, and began law school two years later. He was a man of many talents. Besides practicing law, he played the violin and designed Monticello, the beautiful home where he lived with his wife and family.
Thomas Jefferson and His Family
Thomas Jefferson April 13, [a] — July 4, was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from to Previously, he had served as the second vice president of the United States from to The principal author of the Declaration of Independence , Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism , and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level. During the American Revolution , he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress that adopted the Declaration, drafted the law for religious freedom as a Virginia legislator, and served as the second Governor of Virginia from to , during the American Revolutionary War. He became the United States Minister to France in May , and subsequently the nation's first secretary of state under President George Washington from to With Madison, he anonymously wrote the controversial Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in and , which sought to strengthen states' rights by nullifying the federal Alien and Sedition Acts. As president, Jefferson pursued the nation's shipping and trade interests against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies.
That was the way it was interpreted by some of those who read it at the time as well. The Continental Congress ultimately struck the passage because South Carolina and Georgia, crying out for more slaves, would not abide shutting down the market. - Little is known about the full story of Sally Hemings. Unfortunately, that is the case for the majority of slaves born in America.
Thomas Jefferson was the primary draftsman of the U. As the third president of the United States, Jefferson stabilized the U. He was responsible for doubling the size of the United States by successfully brokering the Louisiana Purchase. He also founded the University of Virginia. Jefferson was born on April 13, , at the Shadwell plantation located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson was born into one of the most prominent families of Virginia's planter elite. His mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, was a member of the proud Randolph clan, a family claiming descent from English and Scottish royalty.
Thomas Jefferson regularly commented on the importance of family. In he wrote to his brother Randolph that "no society is so precious as that of one's own family" and—in another letter, to Francis Willis—that he longed for domestic tranquility within the "bosom" of his family. Jefferson was raised at Shadwell , his father's Albemarle County plantation, with nine siblings. The absence of extant letters between Jefferson and his parents has led some historians to suggest a frosty relationship, but his letters to siblings suggest that the family was, in fact, close and loving. Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton in , and by all accounts the two were very much in love. Of their six children, only two— Martha and Mary later Maria —survived to adulthood.