|1743||Born April 13th, at Shadwell, Virginia|
|1762||Graduated from the College of William and Mary|
|1767||Admitted to the bar|
|1769-75||Member of the House of Burgesses|
|1775-76||Member of the Continental Congress|
||In June, authored the Declaration of Independence.
July 4th, Signed the Declaration of Independence.
|1776-79||Member of the Virginia Legislature|
|1780-81||Governor of Virginia|
|1783-85||Member of the Congress of Confederation|
|1785-89||Minister to France from the United States|
|1790-93||Secretary of State of the United States|
|1797-1801||Vice-President of the United States|
|1801-09||President of the United States|
|1819||Founded the University of Virginia|
|1826||Died July 4th at Monticello, Virginia|
Who educated this founding father?
From the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, dated January 6, 1821, we read,
… “He (my father) placed me at the English school at five years of age; and at the Latin at age nine, where I continued until his death. My teacher, Mr. Douglas, a clergyman from Scotland, with the rudiments of the Latin and Greek languages, taught me the French; and on the death of my father, I went to the Reverend Mr. Maury, a correct classical scholar, with whom I continued two years; and then, to wit, in the Spring of 1760, went to William and Mary College, where I continued two years. It was my great good fortune, and what probably fixed the destinies of my life, that Dr. William Small of Scotland, was then Professor of Mathematics, a man profound in most of the useful branches of science, with a happy talent of communication, correct and gentlemanly manners, and an enlarged and liberal mind…he was the first who ever gave, in that college, regular lectures in Ethics, Rhetoric and Belles Lettres…procuring for me, from his most intimate friend, George Wythe, a reception as a student of law, under his direction, and introduced me to the acquaintance and familiar table of Governor Fauquier, the ablest man who had ever filled that office… In 1769, I became a member of the legislature by the choice of the county in which I live, and so continued until it was closed by the Revolution. I made one effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, which was rejected: and indeed, during the regal government, nothing liberal could expect success…”
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