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Thomas Jefferson, by Thomas SullyThomas Jefferson: A Chronology of His Life and Career

Thomas Jefferson's interests and talents covered an amazing range. He was one of the foremost architects of his time, a scientific farmer, and an inventor. His interest in natural science led him to help finance the excavation of a mammoth. His excellent library became the nucleus of the Library of Congress. He drafted Virginia's civil code, and founded its state university. After all but single-handedly writing the Declaration of Independence, he served as Governor of Virginia, and then as the country's first Secretary of State, its second Vice-President, and its third President.

April 13, 1743 Shadwell Born at Shadwell, the family farm in Albemarle County, Virginia.
~1745   Moved with family to Tuckahoe.
1762   Graduated from William and Mary College.
1762-1767   Studied law under George Wyeth.
1767   Admitted to the bar.
1769 Monticello Began building Monticello.
1769-1774   Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
1770   The main house at Shadwell burned to the ground; moved to Monticello.
January 1, 1772   Married Martha Wayles Skelton.
1774   Became the owner of the Natural Bridge.
1775-1776   Served in the Second Continental Congress.
1776-1779   Returned to the Virginia House of Delegates.
1779-1781   Served as Governor of Virginia.
September 6, 1782   Mrs. Martha Jefferson died.
1783-1785   Served in the Continental Congress.
1785-1789   Served as Minister to France.
1789   Named Secretary of State.
1796   Elected Vice-President of the United States.
1800 Overview of Thomas Jefferson's Administration Elected President of the United States.
1809   Finished construction of Monticello.
1819   Founded the University of Virginia.
July 4, 1826 Jefferson's grave Died at Monticello.

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Virginia
Secretary of State

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